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

2. Henry Shreve changes the Mississippi River by introducing what?
(a) New fish breeds.
(b) Mississippi steamboat.
(c) Vegetation native to Mexico.
(d) Gambling along the river.

3. The author states that how much of New Orleans lies fifteen feet below sea level?
(a) One quarter.
(b) Ten percent.
(c) All of it.
(d) Half.

4. A navigation lock on the bank of the Mississippi River lowers ships down to where?
(a) Red River.
(b) Atchafalaya River.
(c) Atlantic Ocean.
(d) Gulf of Mexico.

5. The author notes that many regard the Old River Project as what?
(a) An arrogant enterprise.
(b) A colossal expense.
(c) A remarkable feat of engineering.
(d) A worthwhile endeavor.

Short Answer Questions

1. When floodwaters cover twenty-six thousand square miles in 1927, how is New Orleans saved?

2. Norris F. Rabalais was born and raised in what Louisiana parish?

3. In the 1800s, why do levee districts and boards form in Louisiana?

4. When was the Kent, a small towboat used by the U.S. Army Corps, put into service?

5. The author mentions that when he met Rabalais, he wore what in his pocket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Henry Shreve, and what does he do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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