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

2. The Pine Flat Dam is located approximately twenty miles east of what city?
(a) Truckee, California.
(b) Redding, California.
(c) Oakland, California.
(d) Fresno, California.

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

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

5. In which year did Secretary of State Cordell Hull formally promise Mexico the 1.5 million acre-feet that had been set-aside for it by the Colorado River Compact?
(a) 1944.
(b) 1929.
(c) 1931.
(d) 1957.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Major General William F. Cassidy, how many acres of cultivated land were there per person in the 1890s?

2. By the mid-1920s, thanks to irrigation pumping, California had surpassed what as the richest agricultural state in the country?

3. 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?

4. The Hoover Dam is on the border between which two U.S. states?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Marc Reisner describe the winter of 1861-1862 for Californians in Chapter Ten?

3. How does the author describe Floyd Elgin Dominy? When and where did he begin his career?

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

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

6. What impressions did Floyd Elgin Dominy make on the members of the Bureau of Reclamation? When was his breakthrough there?

7. Where and how did Floyd Elgin Dominy make enemies in his role at the Bureau of Reclamation?

8. How does the author describe the assets of the members of the Hohokam culture in Chapter Eight?

9. How does the author compare both the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers and their faults in the book?

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

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