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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. When was the Kent, a small towboat used by the U.S. Army Corps, put into service?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1973.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1989.

2. What is a weir?
(a) Small tugboat.
(b) Large lock.
(c) Large gate.
(d) Small dam.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1973, what happens to the Old River Control structure despite engineers drilling it and filling it with cement?

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

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

4. Sympathetically, who does McPhee blame for destructive actions against the natural order of the environment?

5. By 1812, the east bank of the Mississippi River is levied up to which city?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the 1700s, why did people settle in New Orleans and surrounding areas despite the region clearly being a floodplain?

2. Throughout the 1700s and 1800s, what did people in southern Louisiana do to protect their communities and land against floods?

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

4. What are some of the predominant problems in the regions populated near the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers?

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

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

7. The Old River Control project began operating in 1963. What happens ten years later?

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

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

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

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