Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John M. Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who took control of Charles Percy's family affairs after he dies?

2. As the floods continued, what did 30,000 people decide to do?

3. What was LeRoy Percy's problem with the Klan?

4. What was "changing the fabric of society" in the Delta region during WWI?

5. Who are the patrons of the Boston Club?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This nonfiction reenactment is full of history, hardship and culture. What points can be depicted from the novel? Why are these topics important in the novel? What events really emphasize each topic?

Essay Topic 2

President Coolidge was president during the time of the floods. What contributions did Coolidge make in flood relief or during that time? Why did he behave this way? Do you believe that the flooding in 1927 was one of the reasons he did not run again for president? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many decisions in this period of time were based upon politics and what would be best for the individual. Name at least 3 events in which a decision was made based on the desires of a politician. How did this decision affect the events of this time in history?

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