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

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

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

4. How did Leroy Percy eventually get a seat in Senate despite his popularity decline?
(a) The seat was left to him in the dead senator's will.
(b) A senator died and he won a special election.
(c) He was voted in by the people.
(d) No one else wanted it.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1926, what prevented annual levee maintenance?

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

3. Why did armed St. Bernard Parish men visit the bankers of New Orleans?

4. What were the three basic methods that engineers have attempted to control the river?

5. What two things did Humphrey unsuccessfully attempt to do to change the mouth of the Mississippi River?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Much of the Delta region is underwater from the failure of levees, yet the people of Greenville still have faith in their protection levee. What happens to their levee?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. It is said in Chapter 13 that the slower the flood, the more dangerous it is. Why would a slow flood be more dangerous than a fast moving flood?

9. Thompson has the idea of dynamiting the levees to the south of New Orleans, but who gets the idea primarily accepted by everyone?

10. A racist governor is elected into office in Mississippi, yet it is still considered a safe place for the blacks to work. However, when waters begin to rise, black convicts are ordered to lay on the levee and use their bodies as sandbags. Does everyone follow Percy's influence to alleviate discrimination?

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