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. As other cities are flooding, why did panic erupt amongst the residents in New Orleans?
(a) They can't get any food into the city.
(b) There has been a series of murders.
(c) They can see the water rising along the levee.
(d) There are no jobs.

2. What did Thompson and others feel would damage the economy of New Orleans?
(a) The lack of jobs.
(b) The War.
(c) Inflation of goods.
(d) Flooding and information withheld from the public.

3. Where did the Mississippi River Commission decide their failure was in the 1912 and 1913 floods?
(a) A poor drainage system.
(b) "Substandard" levee construction.
(c) Using only sandbags.
(d) Erosion.

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

5. What did Congress create in response to the flooding in Mississippi?
(a) A plan to create walls along the river.
(b) The U.S. Levee Commission.
(c) A plan to reroute the river.
(d) The Hoover Dam.

6. Who finally gave approval for Thompson to organize his plan when he arrives back to the Delta area?
(a) Percy.
(b) Governor Simpson.
(c) Coolidge.
(d) Hoover.

7. If Thompson's plan is implemented, what will happen to Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard?
(a) They will flood.
(b) They will have a drought.
(c) They will benefit by an influx in jobs.
(d) Their soil will become richer.

8. As floodwaters raged, what was happening to the crevasse at Mounds Landing?
(a) It broke completely open.
(b) It got deeper.
(c) It quickly widened.
(d) It got smaller.

9. What did St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes demand if Thompson's plan is implemented?
(a) New levees to be built.
(b) A share of the profits.
(c) To become part of New Orleans.
(d) Full compensation for the damages that are done.

10. Why wasn't Humphrey's report accepted well in the United States?
(a) He didn't publish it in the United States.
(b) The report didn't make any sense.
(c) The Civil War was happening.
(d) The Americans didn't believe him.

11. What was LeRoy Percy's problem with the Klan?
(a) They threatened his life.
(b) They boycotted all his propositions.
(c) They were the reason he couldn't become president.
(d) They were in "conflict" with the life he desired.

12. What happened the day after Thompson's plan is implemented?
(a) The rain stopped.
(b) A levee to the west of New Orleans breaks.
(c) New Orleans flooded regardless.
(d) The river level dropped.

13. Why does Hoover accept the offer to head the flood relief committee?
(a) He sees it as a great opportunity to gain popularity with the public.
(b) He was offered a large sum of money.
(c) He always wanted to visit the Delta area.
(d) He wanted to help the people in that area.

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

15. What did the flooding of 1912 and 1913 demonstrate?
(a) The failure of the levee system.
(b) The weakness of the government.
(c) The strength of the people.
(d) The strength of the levee system.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was more attention given to Mardi Gras when the history of the area was given?

2. What did spring flooding in the upper Mississippi River cause?

3. Where did Thompson go to present his argument to save New Orleans from flooding?

4. During the major storms that were occurring along the Mississippi River in 1927, what happens to the dam in Arkansas?

5. What happened when Hoover goes to inspect the levee south of New Orleans?

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