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. Why did President Coolidge hire Herbert Hoover?

2. Why does Hoover accept the offer to head the flood relief committee?

3. How were the levees damaged in early 1927?

4. In 1926, what prevented annual levee maintenance?

5. Why did most levees fail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the whites were treated versus how the blacks of the area were treated. Were they treated the same? Differently? Were the behaviors consistent?

Essay Topic 2

During the Flood of 1927, many different "committees" were formed. Why were numerous committees established? From what social class were the chairmen selected? Were all the committees necessary?

Essay Topic 3

Discrimination was a major aspect of the novel. Compare and contrast how LeRoy Percy wished the blacks to be treated to how they were treated in the area. How did the action and the idea conflict? Why was this an important conflict in this time in history?

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