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. As much of the Delta area was flooding, why did Greenville remain hopeful?

2. During the 1900 a new demand surged in throughout the United States. What was that demand?

3. How were the levees damaged in early 1927?

4. Why did LeRoy Percy's popularity increase as the Klan began to fall apart?

5. What did Congress create in response to the flooding in Mississippi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The railroads and river make the Delta region flourish, yet there is a shortage of workers in the area. How will the better treatment of blacks by LeRoy Percy help this problem?

3. Why does Hoover see being the chairman of the flood committee as a great opportunity?

4. 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?

5. Humphreys has his friend, Charles Howell, inspect the progress Eads is making on the jetties. Howell makes a report that the jetties aren't working the way Eads said they would. Eads in turn has a friend of his disclaim Humphreys' report. Why does Humphreys lie in his report?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Make an analysis on Butler. What was important to this politician? What was not important to him? What kind of person was he? What events provided examples to support Butler's reputation during the flood of 1927?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze the title of the book. How did the Great Flood of 1927 change America? What has the flood caused people in the area to change? Has the area changed at all? Does the area still need improvements?

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