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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The drop to the Colorado River is nearly how many feet?
(a) 7,600.
(b) 9,400.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 13,000.

2. What does the author claim in the Introduction that, “because of their moisture requirements,” are our physiological counterparts in the kingdom of plants?
(a) Lichens.
(b) Mushrooms.
(c) Ferns.
(d) Trees.

3. According to the author, “New England was completely forested in 1620 and nearly deforested” how many years later?
(a) 85.
(b) 150.
(c) 30.
(d) 120.

4. According to the author in the Introduction, “On the east side of the Sierra-Cascade crest, moisture drops immediately from as much as 150 inches of precipitation on the western slope to as little as” how many inches on the eastern slope?
(a) 22.
(b) 13.
(c) 38.
(d) 4.

5. According to the author in the Introduction, “Modern Utah, where large-scale irrigation has been going on longer than anywhere else,” has what percent of its land area under cultivation?
(a) 39.
(b) 12.
(c) 24.
(d) 3.

6. At what swank resort outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, did the negotiation of the Colorado River Compact take place?
(a) Mesa Verde Lodge.
(b) Desert Oasis Hotel and Spa.
(c) Bishop’s Lodge.
(d) Thirty Palms Resort.

7. When did Harrison Gray Otis move to Santa Barbara, California?
(a) 1924.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1876.
(d) 1855.

8. Who is quoted in the beginning of Chapter Four as stating, “Ours was the first and will doubtless be the last party of whites to visit this profitless locale”?
(a) Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza.
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(c) Marriner Stoddard Eccles.
(d) Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives.

9. John Wesley Powell figured that if you evenly distributed all of the surface water flowing between the Columbia River and the Gulf of Mexico, you would have what?
(a) A desert almost indistinguishable from what is there today.
(b) Lush green pastures as far as the eye can see.
(c) The most productive agricultural system the world has ever seen.
(d) Astounding yields on farms covering a quarter of the country.

10. How much of the water in California is used for irrigation purposes, according to the author?
(a) 65%.
(b) 40%.
(c) 80%.
(d) 25%.

11. In 1885, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad linked Los Angeles directly with what city?
(a) Kansas City.
(b) Boston.
(c) New York City.
(d) Chicago.

12. The narrator states in Chapter Four that “If the Colorado River suddenly stopped flowing, you would have” how many “years of carryover capacity in the reservoirs before you had to evacuate most of southern California and Arizona and a good portion of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming”?
(a) 4.
(b) 22.
(c) 11.
(d) 15.

13. Who did Charles Rockwood convince to join forces with him in irrigation, according to the author in Chapter Four?
(a) Michael Robinson.
(b) Bill Warne.
(c) N.H. Darton.
(d) George Chaffey.

14. What region is located in southeastern Southern California, and is the site of an urban area largely centered on the city of El Centro?
(a) The San Joaquin Valley.
(b) Silicon Valley.
(c) The Sacramento Valley.
(d) Imperial Valley.

15. What is one of the four major prehistoric archaeological Oasisamerica traditions of what is now the American Southwest which the author describes in Chapter One?
(a) Brenula.
(b) Hohokam.
(c) Bahmona.
(d) Trincala.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Sierra Nevada foothills are how many miles across the Central Valley from San Francisco?

2. The Reclamation Act was authored by what U.S. Representative?

3. What were a series of conflicts between the city of Los Angeles, farmers and ranchers in the Owens Valley of Eastern California, and environmentalists called?

4. In 1848, what was the population of San Francisco?

5. According to the author in Chapter Three, regarding the Bureau of Reclamation, “The most auspicious event in its entire history was the election to the presidency in 1932 of a freewheeling, free-spending” what?

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