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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. From whom did Harrison Gray Otis purchase the Santa Barbara Press?
(a) Robert Caro.
(b) Barry Goldwater.
(c) C.W. Hollister.
(d) James Marshall.

2. What is the title of the book’s Introduction?
(a) Chinatown.
(b) Rivals in Crime.
(c) First Causes.
(d) A Semidesert with a Desert Heart.

3. In 1848, what was the population of San Francisco?
(a) 2,500.
(b) 4,500.
(c) 9,000.
(d) 800.

4. What is the title of Chapter Three?
(a) “A Country of Illusion.”
(b) “First Causes.”
(c) “The Red Queen.”
(d) “Things Fall Apart.”

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

6. The author states in Chapter Two, “Brigham Young dispatched a party of his most loyal disciples, in 1851 to follow whose old route to the coast?
(a) Jedediah Smith’s.
(b) Henry J. Kaiser’s.
(c) James Marshall’s.
(d) C.W. Hollister’s.

7. 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) 24.
(b) 12.
(c) 3.
(d) 39.

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

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

10. For what organization was Marc Reisner a staff writer from 1972 to 1979?
(a) The Sierra Club.
(b) The Nature Conservancy.
(c) The World Wildlife Fund.
(d) The Natural Resources Defense Council.

11. In what year did Marc Reisner die?
(a) 2007.
(b) 2000.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1992.

12. The author begins Chapter Three by stating, “When archaeologists from some other planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may well conclude that our temples were” what?
(a) Oceans.
(b) Dams.
(c) Deserts.
(d) Rivers.

13. 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) 22.
(b) 15.
(c) 4.
(d) 11.

14. What western city does the author describe “with exotic palms and golf-course lawns and a five-hundred-foot fountain and an artificial surf” in the Introduction?
(a) Bakersfield, California.
(b) Phoenix, Arizona.
(c) Reno, Nevada.
(d) Albuquerque, New Mexico.

15. When was John Wesley Powell born?
(a) 1896.
(b) 1807.
(c) 1834.
(d) 1865.

Short Answer Questions

1. William Mulholland’s father held what profession?

2. A letter is quoted in Chapter One from Francisco Vásquez de Coronado to whom?

3. In what year was the Boulder Dam authorized and the All-American Canal on the condition that at least six of the seven states ratify the compact?

4. How many major dams does the author say California has in the Introduction?

5. In what year did Charles Rockwood see the Colorado River for the first time?

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