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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a conversation between General Sands and Oliver Houck on a floating conference boat, what does the General remind Houck regarding the vital role of the U.S. Army Corps?

2. A snagboat is a river boat that does what?

3. Rabalais says he remembers being taught in high school that one day, these would be built:

4. What are residents of French Acadia called?

5. Over a number of centuries, how does the Mississippi River form the state of Louisiana?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the goal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with regards to the Atchafalya and Mississippi rivers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using key characters from "Atchafalaya," show how groups of people (such as environmentalists, government officials, engineers, and residents) are in conflict with each other and with themselves in their attempts to deal with the challenging geography of the region.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Louisiana's bayou life before and after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develops the system of locks, gates, spillways, and structures to control the region's rivers.

Essay Topic 3

John McPhee shows how man works hard to control nature in an attempt to protect communities and economic centers.

1. Using one of the three main stories covered in "The Control of Nature," show how man is in conflict with nature.

2. Do people's efforts to redirect or tame natural forces solve problems or make them worse? Explain.

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