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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. In the early 1800s, private plantation owners in Louisiana levee riverbanks to:
(a) Combine river water.
(b) Store river water.
(c) Protect their land.
(d) Irrigate their land.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The livelihood of approximately how many people is affected by the Old River Control?

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. In the mid-1800s, the United States Congress passes a Swamp and Overflow Land Act to:

4. 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?

5. In the early days of New Orleans, residents build their homes on what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain how the Mississippi River forms Louisiana over many centuries.

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

5. What is Major General Sands' concluding thoughts regarding the Old River Control Structure?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the author state that ever since the Corps took control of the Atchafalaya, the river's name means "collision" to him?

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