Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was the Central Valley Project Act passed in California?
(a) 1908.
(b) 1933.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1942.

2. What was the eleventh-largest landowner in California in 1980?
(a) Irvine Ranch.
(b) The DiGiorgio Company.
(c) Sierra Pacific Industries.
(d) The Tenneco Corporation.

3. According to Major General William F. Cassidy, how many acres of cultivated land were there per person in the 1890s?
(a) 77.
(b) 2.
(c) 24.
(d) 41.

4. What organization does the author refer to “as opportunistic and ruthless an agency as American government has ever seen” in Chapter Six?
(a) The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(b) The Internal Revenue Service.
(c) The Corps of Engineers.
(d) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

5. Who was Pat Brown’s water resources chief?
(a) Paul Sears.
(b) E. O. Wattis.
(c) Mike Strauss.
(d) Bill Warne.

6. The dedication ceremony of the Hoover Dam drew approximately how many people?
(a) 18,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 2,000.
(d) 6,000.

7. The author states in Chapter Ten that “In eighty-two years, the Bureau would see the breakup of only one major illegal landholding through to the end” What company was this?
(a) The DiGiorgio Company.
(b) Irvine Ranch.
(c) Sierra Pacific Industries.
(d) The Tenneco Corporation.

8. Floyd Dominy was Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner beginning in what year?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1959.
(c) 1938.
(d) 1945.

9. In 1952, when Los Angeles built a second battery of pumps at the head of its aqueduct, California’s diversion climbed toward how many acre-feet?
(a) 5.3 million.
(b) 12.5 million.
(c) 2.8 million.
(d) 8.2 million.

10. The author described the Gross National Product of California to be what in Chapter Ten?
(a) $485 billion.
(b) $820 billion.
(c) $1.13 trillion.
(d) $235 billion.

11. According to the author in Chapter Ten, “In Kern County, where the depth to groundwater is much greater, farmers who had pumped from 275 feet during World War II were pumping from 460 feet by” what year?
(a) 1965.
(b) 1971.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1952.

12. What handpicked Fresno legislature member once referred to groundwater regulation as “World War III”?
(a) Cordell Hull.
(b) Ray Roberts.
(c) Ken Maddy.
(d) Harry Morrison.

13. In what year was the Corps of Engineers officially christened with its current name?
(a) 1877.
(b) 1859.
(c) 1794.
(d) 1817.

14. What was the population of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1960?
(a) 291,000.
(b) 1,230,000.
(c) 750,000.
(d) 439,000.

15. When did the American Revolutionary War end?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1783.
(d) 1823.

Short Answer Questions

1. In passing the Boulder Canyon Project Act, Congress had implied that Arizona’s share was at least how many acre-feet?

2. In San Francisco, average rainfall in May is how much?

3. The Central Arizona Project was envisioned by which U.S. Senator?

4. The California Aqueduct begins at what location?

5. In his budget request for fiscal year 1945, FDR included a request of how much money to permit the Bureau to begin work on the Kings River?

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