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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Over a number of centuries, how does the Mississippi River form the state of Louisiana?
(a) By creating all of the state's boundaries.
(b) By overflowing river banks.
(c) By cutting deep, rocky canyons into the land.
(d) By irrigating carefully cultivated fields.

3. During high spring waters, what danger forms unseen beneath turbulent waters at the outflow to the Atchafalaya?
(a) A crack in a gate of the control structure.
(b) An enormous hole larger and deeper than a football stadium.
(c) Treacherous new rip currents.
(d) The partial collapse of one of the pylons.

4. What are residents of French Acadia called?
(a) Mississipiuns.
(b) Arcadians.
(c) Cajuns.
(d) Francadians.

5. When floodwaters cover twenty-six thousand square miles in 1927, how is New Orleans saved?
(a) Layering sandbags along the riverbanks.
(b) Blowing up a downstream levee.
(c) Quickly digging a diversion channel.
(d) Building concrete walls around the city.

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

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

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

9. From the time that the U.S. Army Corps takes control of the Atchafalaya, what word does the author associate with the river and the region?
(a) Cooperation.
(b) Collision.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Control.

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

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

12. Who is Raphael G. Kazmann?
(a) Developer of tripod pilings.
(b) Author of Modern Thermodynamics.
(c) Author of Modern Hydrology.
(d) Developer of electromagnetic therapy.

13. In New Orleans' earliest days, French settlers begin to live there despite the fact that the area:
(a) Is plagued by giant storms on a weekly basis.
(b) Belongs to Spain.
(c) Is full of poisonous snakes.
(d) Has practically no solid ground.

14. Of the Old River Control Project, LeRoy Dugas, also known as Dugie, is what initially?
(a) Critical.
(b) Indifferent.
(c) Furious.
(d) Supportive.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What river does the author mention that connects the Atchafalaya and the Mississippi to form an H?

2. Congress mandates that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey the Mississippi and tributaries in order to assure and improve what?

3. 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?

4. The author tells stories of the following people in conflict with forces of nature:

5. While aboard the Mississippi on his annual trip, General Sands tries to:

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