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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The livelihood of approximately how many people is affected by the Old River Control?
(a) 3 million.
(b) 13 hundred.
(c) 3 thousand.
(d) 31 thousand.

3. What is commonly fished from the bayou regions around the Atchafalaya?
(a) Crawfish.
(b) Lobster.
(c) Trout.
(d) Salmon.

4. The author notes that many regard the Old River Project as what?
(a) A remarkable feat of engineering.
(b) A worthwhile endeavor.
(c) A colossal expense.
(d) An arrogant enterprise.

5. 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.

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

7. Congress mandates that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey the Mississippi and tributaries in order to assure and improve what?
(a) Inland navigation.
(b) Farmland irrigation.
(c) Water rights.
(d) Aquatic recreation.

8. The Old River Control began its operations in what year?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1988.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1917.

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

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

11. What does James B. Eads invent to explore the Mississippi River?
(a) Submarine.
(b) Water telescope.
(c) Underwater camera.
(d) Glass-bottom boat.

12. What is a weir?
(a) Small tugboat.
(b) Large lock.
(c) Small dam.
(d) Large gate.

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

14. In the 1800s, why do levee districts and boards form in Louisiana?
(a) To establish water claims.
(b) To spread levee costs.
(c) To control water levels.
(d) For diplomatic reasons.

15. What does Major General Thomas Sands do each year on the Mississippi in late summer or early fall?
(a) Takes a Low Water Inspection Trip.
(b) Trains new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recruits.
(c) Hosts the Water Recreation Festival.
(d) Conducts Homeland Security military exercises.

Short Answer Questions

1. Norris F. Rabalais was born and raised in what Louisiana parish?

2. When was the Kent, a small towboat used by the U.S. Army Corps, put into service?

3. After the U.S. Army Corps takes control of the Atchafalaya, Old Cajun bayou life is:

4. What does the 1927 flood in Louisiana teach officials about levees?

5. In 1973, what happens to the Old River Control structure despite engineers drilling it and filling it with cement?

(see the answer keys)

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