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

2. In which year does the author state that “Congress received two separate reports on developing the Kings and the Kern: one on a traditional Reclamation project, the other on a project that purported to be for flood control, but which, by controlling the river’s runoff and drying up Tulare Lake, would irrigate a roughly equal amount of land”?
(a) 1940.
(b) 1904.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1929.

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

4. In passing the Boulder Canyon Project Act, Congress had implied that Arizona’s share was at least how many acre-feet?
(a) 2.8 million.
(b) 8.5 million.
(c) 1.9 million.
(d) 5.2 million.

5. In January of 1862, San Francisco recorded how many inches of rain?
(a) 27.
(b) 39.
(c) 12.
(d) 18.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the archeological record titled Snaketown?

2. What important figure refused to attend the dedication of the Hoover Dam?

3. What handpicked Fresno legislature member once referred to groundwater regulation as “World War III”?

4. In 1964, what Interior Secretary ordered Commissioner Floyd Dominy to investigate the number of violations occurring within the service area of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California?

5. In 1962, there were how many megawatts of installed hydroelectric generating capacity in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were B. B. Moeur’s feelings about the Colorado River Compact?

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

5. Who does the author describe as being absent at the dedication of the Hoover Dam in Chapter Eight?

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

7. What was Floyd Elgin Dominy’s position at the Board of Reclamation? How did he feel about his position?

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

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

10. What caused a change for California’s economy in the 1920s?

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