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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Sierra Pacific Industries.
(c) Irvine Ranch.
(d) The Tenneco Corporation.

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

3. 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) Bill Warne.
(c) Rita Singer.
(d) Robert Caro.

4. In which year did Jimmy Carter begin his term as the 39th President of the United States?
(a) 1977.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1981.
(d) 1965.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The winning bid to build the Hoover Dam was submitted by a consortium called what?

2. What is the title of Chapter Six?

3. The largest of the canals dug by the Hohokam was fifteen miles long and how many yards wide from bank to bank?

4. 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”?

5. What is the motto of the Corps of Engineers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Michael Strauss? How is he described by the author?

2. How does the author describe the benefits of the Central Valley Project for American farmers in Chapter Ten?

3. How is the Fontenelle Dam described by the author? Where is it located?

4. What caused the disappearance of the members of the Hohokam civilization?

5. What project does the author describe as symbolic of California’s wealth in Chapter Ten?

6. How does the author describe the principle limiting factor in Californian water supply currently in Chapter Ten?

7. What led to the political downfall of Floyd Elgin Dominy?

8. How was the Central Valley Project different from other Reclamation projects, according to the author?

9. What misconception about California’s climate does the author describe in the beginning of Chapter Ten?

10. How does the author describe the conservation movement’s efforts in relation to the water-development interests in Chapter Seven?

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