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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) 11.
(b) 22.
(c) 15.
(d) 4.

3. Where was John Wesley Powell born?
(a) Aurora, Illinois.
(b) Gary, Indiana.
(c) Akron, Ohio.
(d) Mount Morris, New York.

4. 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.

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

6. The Reclamation Act was authored by what U.S. Representative?
(a) Raymond Hill.
(b) Jim Casey.
(c) Francis G. Newlands.
(d) Barry Goldwater.

7. When was Marriner Stoddard Eccles born?
(a) 1843.
(b) 1876.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1890.

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

9. When was Marc Reisner born?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1948.
(d) 1955.

10. 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?
(a) The California Water Wars.
(b) The Great Acquisition.
(c) The Aquatic Revolution.
(d) The Urban Water Hoard.

11. Where was William Mulholland born?
(a) Lisbon, Portugal.
(b) Stockholm, Sweden.
(c) Dublin, Ireland.
(d) London, England.

12. Harry Morrison and Morris Knudsen, two engineers formerly with the Bureau of Reclamation, went into business together where, according to the author in Chapter Four?
(a) Miami, Florida.
(b) Boise, Idaho.
(c) Fargo, North Dakota.
(d) Chicago, Illinois.

13. Who, according to the author, was the unlikeliest commissioner the Bureau ever had?
(a) Ray Roberts.
(b) Mike Strauss.
(c) Robert Caro.
(d) Raymond Hill.

14. The Grand Coulee is an ancient riverbed in what U.S. state?
(a) Montana.
(b) Arizona.
(c) Washington.
(d) Colorado.

15. What was the population of San Francisco in 1851?
(a) 35,000.
(b) 27,000.
(c) 12,000.
(d) 48,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Harry Chandler born?

2. How many acres of marsh and swamp forest were converted to farms in Arkansas and Louisiana, according to the author in the Introduction?

3. When was John Wesley Powell born?

4. When was the Reclamation Act established?

5. Who did Charles Rockwood convince to join forces with him in irrigation, according to the author in Chapter Four?

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