Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Test | Final 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. What happens in June of 1927?

2. What is the atmosphere of the refugee camps?

3. Who refuses to care for the lower parishes even though it was promised to them by New Orleans?

4. How does the levee camp become a slave camp?

5. What does Hoover develop a new committee to do after the 1927 floods?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Hoover the obvious candidate when Coolidge decides to not run for reelection?

2. Even as order is beginning in the flood regions, what are living conditions like?

3. How does making the river management a national problem change the way things will be handled in the future?

4. How are the refugees that were guaranteed care treated by Hoover and the Red Cross?

5. Why do LeRoy Percy and his son, William Percy, not see things the same way?

6. Describe the relationship between Hoover and Moton.

7. What does the public mourning of Greenville show about their feelings for LeRoy Percy?

8. Why does the author describe the refugee camps in such detail in conjunction with the increase in flooded areas?

9. How does the flood make Hoover a hero?

10. Why does Butler threaten the local lawyers from taking any cases from the people of the lower parishes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The tone of the story was set very early on in this historical recount. How would the tone of this nonfiction piece best be described? What created the tone as such? Is there any portion of the the Flood in 1927 in which the tone changes?

Essay Topic 2

Personification is giving a nonliving object characteristics of something that is alive. How is personification used to describe the river? Why would it be used this way? What was the reasoning behind the flooding when using personification?

Essay Topic 3

It is repeated that Hoover needed the support of the black community to run for president, yet at this time, they did not have the right to vote. Why was the support of the black community crucial to Hoover? Why did he make promises he couldn't keep? Why did Moton continue to support him even though he realized Hoover is full of empty promises?

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