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

2. What will eventually happen to the water released through the Mounds Landing crevasse?
(a) It will flow into the Colorado River.
(b) It will continue to flood the area.
(c) It will flow back into the Mississippi River.
(d) It will flow into the Arkansas River.

3. What happened when Hoover goes to inspect the levee south of New Orleans?
(a) He almost drowned.
(b) He got caught in a storm.
(c) The levee broke.
(d) His boat was shot at.

4. In 1926, the Klan began break apart. Why did this happen?
(a) There wasn't enough money to keep them together.
(b) No one wanted to join them.
(c) The leaders were being "nationally convicted" for major crimes.
(d) They were being prejudiced against all over the country.

5. Who was at the center of New Orleans finances and is also a Club member?
(a) Hoover.
(b) LeRoy Percy.
(c) James Pierce Butler Jr.
(d) Will Percy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What controversial issue did Eads propose that was authorized in 1867?

2. Where did the Mississippi River Commission decide their failure was in the 1912 and 1913 floods?

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

4. What was unique about the crevasse at Mounds Landing?

5. Why were veterans enlisted during the time the levees were being fixed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the destruction of the St. Bernard and Plaquemines levee prove to be unnecessary?

2. After facing complete opposition, how would Eads' offer to independently pay for the construction of the jetties completely change the minds of the public and politicians?

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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 does Thompson feel he is doing a good thing by withholding news from the public?

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

10. 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?

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