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. In 1926, what prevented annual levee maintenance?

2. How did Humphrey feel about Ellet's suggestions about the river?

3. After losing the run for presidency, what did Hoover receive?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

LeRoy Percy was a man with great dignity and determination. How did he use his power to rise up against the KKK? How was he viewed for his interaction with the Klan? What did this tell the reader about him?

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

Weather was a major contribution to the historical events that occurred during 1927. What part did weather have in this nonfiction book? Why was weather so important? What did the people believe about weather during the floods?

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