Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happened in the Mississippi region between 1884-1889?
(a) The Hoover Dam was built.
(b) Railroads developed quickly.
(c) Someone drove a submarine down the Mississippi.
(d) The first person traveled cross country.

2. What kept the Delta area underdeveloped during WWI?
(a) War with the Native Americans.
(b) A busy hurricane season.
(c) A lack of manpower.
(d) The Great Depression.

3. What will eventually happen to the water released through the Mounds Landing crevasse?
(a) It will continue to flood the area.
(b) It will flow back into the Mississippi River.
(c) It will flow into the Colorado River.
(d) It will flow into the Arkansas River.

4. In 1920, the country was filled with racial hatred and fear. What group gained enormous fame and wealth during this time?
(a) The KKK.
(b) The Democrats.
(c) The Masons.
(d) The Republicans.

5. What were the three basic methods that engineers have attempted to control the river?
(a) Levees, outlets, and dams.
(b) Levees, outlets, and cutoffs.
(c) Levees, dams, and cutoffs.
(d) Dams, outlets and cutoffs.

6. How did Humphrey prove himself to be in combat?
(a) Strategical.
(b) Ruthless and cold.
(c) Skittish and scared.
(d) Sympathetic.

7. What was Thompson's proposition to prevent the levees from failing?
(a) To quickly do repairs on the levees.
(b) To build more levees.
(c) To dynamite the levees south of New Orleans.
(d) To build a dam.

8. What percentage of the United States does the Mississippi River drain?
(a) 41%.
(b) 30%.
(c) 50%.
(d) 25%.

9. What two cities were underwater in early 1927?
(a) Chicago and Columbus.
(b) Cincinnati and Cleveland.
(c) Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
(d) Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

10. How did Eads assist in the Civil War?
(a) He fought on the front lines for the Union.
(b) He helped keep Missouri in the Union and built ironclads.
(c) He helped import weapons for the Union Army.
(d) He was a medic.

11. For decades, what were the levees constructed to do?
(a) Decrease farmland.
(b) Increase the number of outlets.
(c) Increase farmland.
(d) Increase the number of reservoirs.

12. How were the levees damaged in early 1927?
(a) By high temperatures and high winds.
(b) By tornadoes and earthquakes.
(c) By high winds and earthquakes.
(d) By tornadoes and high winds.

13. What was Eads' proposition to change the mouth of the Mississippi River?
(a) A series of jetties.
(b) Making a series of canals.
(c) Changing the course of the river.
(d) Building dams.

14. Who were the residents in Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes?
(a) Bankers, politicians and socialites.
(b) Fishermen, bankers, and politicians.
(c) Fishermen, trappers and bootleggers.
(d) Mainly the blacks.

15. What did spring flooding in the upper Mississippi River cause?
(a) A richer soil for planting crops.
(b) Nothing.
(c) A great fishing season.
(d) Property destruction, deaths and devastation.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the 19th century, what was the attitude about the Mississippi River?

2. How did Leroy Percy eventually get a seat in Senate despite his popularity decline?

3. What was the basis of political power and structure of Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes?

4. In 1926, the Klan began break apart. Why did this happen?

5. Who finally gave approval for Thompson to organize his plan when he arrives back to the Delta area?

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