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 helped Leroy Percy lose a lot of his political influence outside of the Delta area?
(a) He advocated for the rights of women.
(b) He enforced the need for slaves.
(c) He wanted to free all slaves.
(d) He helped Vardaman get defeated for a seat in Senate.

2. How did waves effect the levees?
(a) Their force broke them.
(b) The waves made the levee stronger.
(c) They eroded it.
(d) The waves didn't effect it at all.

3. Prior to Thompson's plan being implemented, what happened to the refugees south of the levee?
(a) They built a new levee.
(b) They refused to leave.
(c) They protested.
(d) They evacuated.

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

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

6. What did the official report about the mouth of the Mississippi that Eads wrote finally say?
(a) The channel did not get any deeper.
(b) The channel is only 14 feet deep and the sandbar is still there.
(c) The channel is 16 feet deep with no sandbar.
(d) The channel is 16 feet deep but a sandbar still exists.

7. Who are the patrons of the Boston Club?
(a) The blacks.
(b) Nearly all the bank presidents in New Orleans.
(c) The farmers.
(d) The blue collar workers.

8. Which three rivers continued to rise as their levees fail?
(a) White, Mississippi and Missouri.
(b) Arkansas, Colorado, and Missouri.
(c) Arknsas, Mississippi, and Colorado.
(d) Arkansas, White and Mississippi.

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

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

11. Before going to Washington, what was Hoover's life like?
(a) He was a wealthy, successful engineer.
(b) He was poor and a blue collar worker.
(c) He was a successful lawyer.
(d) He was middle class and owned a business.

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

13. What year was the jetty project successfully completed?
(a) 1879.
(b) 1979.
(c) 1900.
(d) 1870.

14. What did Eads continue to do for a living in St. Louis after his family moved on?
(a) He opened a salvage business.
(b) He ran a plantation.
(c) He became an ironworker.
(d) He started building ships.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the results of Thompson's plan being predicted?

2. Why was Eads allowed to proceed with his idea after being opposed unanimously?

3. What two cities were underwater in early 1927?

4. What kept the Delta area underdeveloped during WWI?

5. What was Thompson's proposition to prevent the levees from failing?

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