The Control of Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Major General Thomas Sands do each year on the Mississippi in late summer or early fall?

2. The author states that how much of New Orleans lies fifteen feet below sea level?

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

4. From St. Louis down to the Atchafalaya, General Sands takes note of what?

5. The Old River Control began its operations in what year?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Name some of the companies and industries that are attracted to the regions in and around Baton Rouge and New Orleans as these communities develop.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part of the problem is that people settle into regions that are particularly hazardous: floodplains, active volcanic zones, and places prone to mountain landslides, brush fires, and earthquakes.

1. Using examples from the book, elaborate upon some of the reasons the author gives to explain why people settle in regions where natural forces are especially active, posing risks to the communities that develop there.

2. Is the author sympathetic or unsympathetic to man's plight in his efforts to control nature? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the work crews, commanders, and scientists in "Cooling The Lava" learn by trial and error.

1. What mistakes do they make along the way?

2. What do they learn from these mistakes, and how do they adapt?

3. What might the outcome have been had they not been as flexible in their approach?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how residents of Hawaii and residents of Iceland handle the challenges that come from living on volcanic lands.

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