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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author states in Chapter Ten that agriculture uses what percent of all the water in California?
(a) 62%.
(b) 22%.
(c) 45%.
(d) 81%.

2. According to the author in Chapter Eight, “The first serious doubts about the 7.5-million-acre-foot figure were raised bywhat distinguished hydrologic engineer at a conference in Washington, D.C., in 1953?
(a) Henry J. Kaiser.
(b) Raymond Hill.
(c) Emil Haury.
(d) Herbert Grubb.

3. The Central Arizona Project was envisioned by which U.S. Senator?
(a) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(b) Barry Goldwater.
(c) Bill Warne.
(d) Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives.

4. The California Aqueduct begins at what location?
(a) Shasta Dam
(b) New Bullards Bar Dam.
(c) Folsom Dam.
(d) Oroville Dam.

5. The Kern County Land Company was originally put together by James Ben Ali Haggin and who?
(a) Robert Caro.
(b) Marriner Stoddard Eccles.
(c) Lloyd Tevis.
(d) Henry J. Kaiser.

6. On what date did Major General William F. Cassidy give a speech titled “The Future of Water Development” before a gathering of his peers in Davis, California, according to the author in Chapter Six?
(a) February 27, 1944.
(b) September 22, 1951.
(c) June 2, 1975.
(d) August 16, 1962.

7. What is the title of Chapter Six?
(a) “The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel.”
(b) “Rivals in Crime.”
(c) “Things Fall Apart.”
(d) “Dominy.”

8. 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) 8.2 million.
(b) 2.8 million.
(c) 12.5 million.
(d) 5.3 million.

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

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

11. On what date did Franklin Roosevelt dedicate the Hoover Dam?
(a) April 25, 1907.
(b) December 4, 1942.
(c) September 30, 1935.
(d) June 6, 1928.

12. Who is described as “a lawyer in the Interior solicitor’s office through the 1960s and early 1970s, until she resigned and joined the legal staff of California’s Department of Water Resources” in Chapter Ten?
(a) Francis G. Newlands.
(b) Robert Caro.
(c) Bill Warne.
(d) Rita Singer.

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

14. The Kern County Land Company later became the main agricultural holding of what conglomerate?
(a) The Tenneco Corporation.
(b) Irvine Ranch.
(c) Sierra Pacific Industries.
(d) The DiGiorgio Company.

15. San Francisco is just slightly rainier than which Mexican city, according to the author in Chapter Ten?
(a) Monterrey.
(b) Mexico City.
(c) Tijuana.
(d) Chihuahua.

Short Answer Questions

1. About what percent of the state of California receives less than twenty inches of precipitation a year?

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

3. Floyd Dominy was Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner until what year?

4. Chapter Ten is subtitled what?

5. 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?

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