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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Every thousand years or so, the Mississippi River goes through a major shift that leaves behind what?
(a) Bayous and natural levees.
(b) Dry mudflats.
(c) Stranded bird colonies.
(d) Large, deep saltwater lakes.

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

3. The author mentions that when he met Rabalais, he wore what in his pocket?
(a) Checkered bandana.
(b) Silver pocket watch.
(c) Red bandana.
(d) Gold pocket watch.

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

5. By 1812, the east bank of the Mississippi River is levied up to which city?
(a) Baton Rouge.
(b) Alexandria.
(c) Lake Charles.
(d) Shreveport.

6. What is the author's role in this book?
(a) Influential politician.
(b) Passive observer.
(c) Trained scientist.
(d) Investigative reporter.

7. In the mid-1800s, the United States Congress passes a Swamp and Overflow Land Act to:
(a) Deed swampland to individual states.
(b) Take away ownership rights.
(c) Evict land squatters.
(d) Create a new water control system.

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

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

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

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

12. 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) One.
(b) Five.
(c) Twenty-five.
(d) Nineteen.

13. Sympathetically, who does McPhee blame for destructive actions against the natural order of the environment?
(a) Man.
(b) The United Nations.
(c) Foreign policy.
(d) The Executive branch of government.

14. While aboard the Mississippi on his annual trip, General Sands tries to:
(a) Capture poachers.
(b) Settle differences.
(c) Generate new contracts.
(d) Fine environmentalists.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. The author states that how much of New Orleans lies fifteen feet below sea level?

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

5. What is a weir?

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