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John M. Barry
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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. What did the high river levels threaten in 1912?
(a) To top the levee before the sandbags come.
(b) To bring sewage into Mississippi.
(c) To wash away all the crops.
(d) To break the dam.

2. What did Leroy Percy's speeches advocate?
(a) Equal rights for women in education and the workforce.
(b) Better treatment for blacks and education for black children..
(c) The right for women to vote.
(d) To be able to keep slaves.

3. In what ways was New Olreans described?
(a) By the demographics of the population.
(b) By its history, geography, flavor and culture.
(c) By the animals and plants that are found there.
(d) By its climate.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the levees along the Mississippi different from levees in other places?

2. How did Coolidge not get personally involved in the flooding?

3. Whose biography was told?

4. What ongoing problem existed at the mouth of the Mississippi River that prohibited shipping?

5. What two cities were underwater in early 1927?

Short Essay Questions

1. As committees are formed to decide about dynamiting the levee, the Mounds Landing crevasse is brought up in conversation. Why is this crevasse brought into the conversation?

2. After reading the reports of Humphreys and Eads and hearing the oppositions of many engineers, the government insisted the reason the levees weren't working is because they weren't built correctly, not because other things were needed. Why didn't the politicians listen to the reports?

3. When the author says it is hoped that the bridge construction will "marry steamboats to railroads", what does he mean?

4. The author wrote that during the 1800's "the prevailing attitude is that the Mississippi River can be controlled if the laws of nature governing the river were understood." What could John M. Barry mean by this?

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

6. World War I has begun and the Delta area is flourishing, yet lacking in manpower. Percy is a big influence for the fine development of the area, yet the more successful the area's development becomes, the more Percy's popularity decreases. Why do you think this happens?

7. Both Ellet and Humphreys are in competition to survey the Mississippi River. Ellet's report came out first and Humphreys takes Ellet's report as a personal insult. Why would Humphreys be insulted by Ellet's report?

8. How do the politics in New Orleans operate during the time of the flood in 1927?

9. The levees along the Mississippi River are built differently and to a "higher standard" than levees in other places. What does this engineering and planning tell you about the knowledge of the Mississippi?

10. 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?

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