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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Rabalais says he remembers being taught in high school that one day, these would be built:
(a) Lighter and sturdier barges.
(b) Ships to travel faster along rivers.
(c) Structures to control water flows.
(d) Skyscrapers along the river banks.

Short Answer Questions

1. This book is a:

2. 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?

3. 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:

4. Every thousand years or so, the Mississippi River goes through a major shift that leaves behind what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the main points the author tries to make through this work of historical nonfiction?

2. Describe what McPhee writes about Morgan City, Louisiana.

3. What is James B. Eads' contribution to the Mississippi River?

4. In 1927, what happened to the region of the Mississippi River during the great flood?

5. Congress enacts the Flood Control Act in 1928 to launch the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project. What is done through this project?

6. What is the Old River Control project developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?

7. Explain what the author says about Old Cajun bayou life in the Atchafalaya region after the Corps took control.

8. Describe some of the challenges New Orleans faces because of its geographical location.

9. Describe Major General Thomas Sands' annual Low Water Inspection Trip along the Mississippi River.

10. Explain who thinks the Old River Control project is an arrogant enterprise, and why they think this.

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