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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the 1927 flood in Louisiana teach officials about levees?
(a) They need to be built taller.
(b) More need to be constructed faster.
(c) They make the flooding problem worse.
(d) They work beautifully.

2. When the author recalls his first time in the Atchafalaya swamps with Charles Fryling in 1980, what does he fondly remember?
(a) His first encounter with a baby alligator.
(b) Floating among trees under silently flying birds.
(c) The water rushing through locks and gates.
(d) Seeing lightning bugs for the first time.

3. 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) One.
(c) Nineteen.
(d) Five.

4. In the early 1800s, private plantation owners in Louisiana levee riverbanks to:
(a) Store river water.
(b) Combine river water.
(c) Irrigate their land.
(d) Protect their land.

5. In the 1800s, swamps in Louisiana are drained and used as what?
(a) Farmland.
(b) Hideouts.
(c) Storage pits.
(d) Military camps.

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

7. Henry Shreve changes the Mississippi River by introducing what?
(a) Vegetation native to Mexico.
(b) Mississippi steamboat.
(c) New fish breeds.
(d) Gambling along the river.

8. In feet, how long is the towboat Mississippi?
(a) 42.
(b) 459.
(c) 217.
(d) 23.

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

10. The author retells the time when Raphael G. Kazmann walks out onto the five hundred and sixty-six foot structure over the Old River but leaves quickly because:
(a) A hurricane is headed his way.
(b) The two-hundred thousand ton structure is vibrating.
(c) A freak tidal wave is coming towards the structure.
(d) An intense lightning storm develops over the area.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Raphael G. Kazmann?

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

3. What does the author say happens in the area of the Atchafalaya River in the spring of 1973?

4. This book is a:

5. In the spring of 1973, what does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do to try to alleviate the tremendous force of water against the control structure?

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