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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author asserts that due to floods in the region, Louisiana loses how much land each year?
(a) A thousand square miles.
(b) Three acres.
(c) Seven hundred acres.
(d) Fifty square miles.

2. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develops a plan to do what?
(a) Build twenty large dams on the Atchafalaya River.
(b) Develop communities along the Mississippi River.
(c) Control natural shifts of the Mississippi River.
(d) Protect the fish population of the Atchfalaya River.

3. In 1928, Congress enacts the Flood Control Act to start what?
(a) Atchafalaya River and Levees Project.
(b) Mississippi River and Tributaries Project.
(c) Old and New Rivers Effort.
(d) Rivers, Tributaries, and Levees Effort.

4. In the early days of New Orleans, residents build their homes on what?
(a) Metal bridges.
(b) Sand piles.
(c) Concrete risers.
(d) Natural levees.

5. After the U.S. Army Corps takes control of the Atchafalaya, Old Cajun bayou life is:
(a) Lost.
(b) Enriched.
(c) Renewed.
(d) Diminished.

6. Atchafalaya is a what?
(a) Mountain.
(b) Waterfall.
(c) River.
(d) City.

7. At one point, Rabalais drives the author first to the Mississippi River and then to the Atchafalaya River, showing him that the Mississippi is 18 feet above sea level while the Atchafalaya is how many feet above sea level?
(a) Twenty-five.
(b) Five.
(c) One.
(d) Nineteen.

8. In 1973, what happens to the Old River Control structure despite engineers drilling it and filling it with cement?
(a) The structure is knocked down and rebuilt.
(b) Funding to strengthen the structure is cut.
(c) The foundation is eroded and undermined.
(d) The entire project is cancelled.

9. From St. Louis down to the Atchafalaya, General Sands takes note of what?
(a) Storms.
(b) Number of private boats.
(c) Complaints.
(d) Number of bird colonies.

10. What does the author say happens in the area of the Atchafalaya River in the spring of 1973?
(a) Three hurricanes devastate the region, leaving millions homeless.
(b) Freak storms from the north bring snow to the region, freezing the rivers solid.
(c) Dry conditions bring the river levels down, grounding countless boats.
(d) River levels rise and surrounding fields are covered in brown floodwater.

11. Throughout the book, a predominant theme is that the following gets in the way of man's plans:
(a) The economy.
(b) Machinery.
(c) Nature.
(d) Environmental Protection Agency.

12. When was the Kent, a small towboat used by the U.S. Army Corps, put into service?
(a) 1952.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1973.
(d) 1989.

13. During the fifty years between New Orleans' floods of 1735 and 1785, what does the author say brings a false sense of security against flooding?
(a) Concrete seawalls.
(b) Drought conditions.
(c) Prosperous economic boom.
(d) Extended, raised levees.

14. For how many years after the Old River Control begins does the operation appear to be successful?
(a) Ten.
(b) Twenty-one.
(c) Sixteen.
(d) Two.

15. A snagboat is a river boat that does what?
(a) Removes obstructions from rivers.
(b) Transports workers from one town to another.
(c) Carries large logs to sawmills.
(d) Pulls barges through turbulent water.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sympathetically, who does McPhee blame for destructive actions against the natural order of the environment?

2. The livelihood of approximately how many people is affected by the Old River Control?

3. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers distributes Atchafalaya river water to swamps, bayous, towns, and cities in:

4. In the 1800s, swamps in Louisiana are drained and used as what?

5. What is commonly fished from the bayou regions around the Atchafalaya?

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