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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote the sonnet “Ozymandias,” which is quoted in the opening of Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water?
(a) Percy Bysshe Shelley.
(b) Jim Casey.
(c) James Marshall.
(d) Michael Robinson.

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

3. How many acres of marsh and swamp forest were converted to farms in Arkansas and Louisiana, according to the author in the Introduction?
(a) 3 million.
(b) 9 million.
(c) 25 million.
(d) 60 million.

4. In what year was the Hoover Dam dedicated?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1922.
(d) 1956.

5. When was the revised and updated version of Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water published?
(a) 1993.
(b) 1999.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1979.

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

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

8. When was the Reclamation Act established?
(a) 1902.
(b) 1854.
(c) 1897.
(d) 1939.

9. What is the state capital of Utah?
(a) Provo.
(b) Salt Lake City.
(c) Moab.
(d) Ogden.

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

11. The negotiation of the Colorado River Compact took place in what year, under the guidance of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover?
(a) 1900.
(b) 1922.
(c) 1885.
(d) 1958.

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) Chicago, Illinois.
(c) Boise, Idaho.
(d) Fargo, North Dakota.

13. What word used in the book’s Introduction means allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass?
(a) Reflective.
(b) Pellucid.
(c) Irradiate.
(d) Translucent.

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

15. According to the author in Chapter Two, “the most persecuted among the virtuous in nineteenth-century America were, besides peaceful Indians and runaway slaves and Mennonites and Quakers, the members of” what faith?
(a) The Jewish faith.
(b) The Mormon faith.
(c) The Christian Science faith.
(d) The Muslim faith.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name given to the principal hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds which drain into the Pacific Ocean?

2. When was Marc Reisner born?

3. When was William Mulholland born?

4. Where was William Mulholland born?

5. The annual income of Las Vegas is what percentage of the entire gross national product of Egypt, according to the author in Chapter Four?

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