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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. 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) They will have a drought.
(d) Their soil will become richer.

2. During the 19th century, what was the attitude about the Mississippi River?
(a) It was harmless.
(b) That if you understood the laws of nature, the river could be understood.
(c) It was a raging machine.
(d) People were just confused by the river.

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

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

5. River flow is measured in cubic feet per second (cfs). What happens as the cfs increases?
(a) The direction of the river changes.
(b) The river's speed increases.
(c) A flood occurs.
(d) The river's depth increases.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Eads continue to do for a living in St. Louis after his family moved on?

2. How did waves effect the levees?

3. Which three rivers continued to rise as their levees fail?

4. What kept the Delta area underdeveloped during WWI?

5. After losing the run for presidency, what did Hoover receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would be the purpose of one town sabotaging the levee in another town?

2. What are the terms that are reached for the levee that protects St. Bernard and Plaquemines to be destroyed?

3. How involved in the flooding is Coolidge when he is the President of the United States?

4. As many cities along the Mississippi found themselves under tremendous amounts of water, what was the mood in the Midwest?

5. When Humphreys does publish his report, it receives great acclaim in Europe, but because of the Civil War it doesn't receive a lot of recognition in the United States. Why would the Civil War limit the recognition of Humphreys' report?

6. After the Mounds Landing Crevasse widens and thousands of acres are underwater, many other levees begin to fail. The white people left the area, while the black people stayed behind to work. What does this tell the reader about the Delta region?

7. Although the blacks are traditionally known for harvesting cotton, LeRoy Percy does not seek their help to avoid any racial tensions. Instead, Percy imports thousands of Italians and racial problems still emerge. Why does this happen?

8. Why do people want to follow the ways of the Ku Klux Klan rather than follow Percy's successful lead?

9. What does the Boston Club symbolize in New Orleans?

10. Why did the author start the book on a stormy night?

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