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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the population of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1940?
(a) 92,000.
(b) 65,000.
(c) 34,000.
(d) 155,000.

2. What is the title of Chapter Eight?
(a) “Chinatown.”
(b) “An American Nile (II).”
(c) “Dominy.”
(d) “Things Fall Apart.”

3. 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) Irvine Ranch.
(b) Sierra Pacific Industries.
(c) The Tenneco Corporation.
(d) The DiGiorgio Company.

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

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

6. The 17.5-million-acre-foot yield that the Compact negotiators had ascribed to the Colorado River was based on about how many years of stream flow measurement, according to the author in Chapter Eight?
(a) 25.
(b) 18.
(c) 52.
(d) 71.

7. Every year, the Mississippi River carries about how many acres-feet of water out to sea, according to the author in Chapter Six?
(a) 160 million.
(b) 55 million.
(c) 765 million.
(d) 355 million.

8. 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?
(a) $3 million.
(b) $1 million.
(c) $8 million.
(d) $5 million.

9. The author describes a restaurant at which hotel in Clayton, Georgia, in the beginning of Chapter Nine?
(a) The Davis Lodge.
(b) The Richardson Motor Lodge.
(c) The Bellingham Hotel.
(d) The Dillard Motor Hotel.

10. 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
(d) The Corps of Engineers.

11. In which year does the author state “the Bureau of Reclamation was just beginning its detailed feasibility investigations of the Kings and Kern River projects”?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1937.

12. What was the name of the city in which the Hohokam lived and where downtown Phoenix is today?
(a) Pueblo Grande.
(b) Mesa Verde.
(c) Buena Vista.
(d) Palo Cedro.

13. California’s Eel River peaked at 765,000 cubic feet per second during the Christmas flood of what year?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1875.
(c) 1964.
(d) 1911.

14. When did the American Revolutionary War begin?
(a) 1892.
(b) 1775.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1812.

15. Where is Bijou Creek located?
(a) Colorado.
(b) California.
(c) Arizona.
(d) Washington.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter Ten is subtitled what?

2. The California Aqueduct begins at what location?

3. In 1962, the total amount of federally built reservoir storage in the nation was somewhere around how many acres-feet?

4. The Pine Flat Dam is located approximately twenty miles east of what city?

5. When was the Central Valley Project Act passed in California?

(see the answer keys)

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