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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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) His first encounter with a baby alligator.
(c) Seeing lightning bugs for the first time.
(d) Floating among trees under silently flying birds.

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

7. A towboat is designed to:
(a) Pull barges.
(b) Push large cargo ships.
(c) Pull large cargo ships.
(d) Push barges.

8. 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.

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

10. 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) Prosperous economic boom.
(b) Drought conditions.
(c) Extended, raised levees.
(d) Concrete seawalls.

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

12. 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 freak tidal wave is coming towards the structure.
(b) The two-hundred thousand ton structure is vibrating.
(c) An intense lightning storm develops over the area.
(d) A hurricane is headed his way.

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

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

15. On General Sand's floating conference boat, Oliver Houck is the only board member who is active in what?
(a) Taking the census.
(b) Cancelling the Old River project.
(c) Environmental movement.
(d) Local political life.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Initially, Rabalais is hired as a construction inspector to watch for what at the navigation lock?

3. The writing on Dugie's belt buckle reads:

4. From St. Louis down to the Atchafalaya, General Sands takes note of what?

5. What is the author's role in this book?

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