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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. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers distributes Atchafalaya river water to swamps, bayous, towns, and cities in:

2. The author asserts that due to floods in the region, Louisiana loses how much land each year?

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

4. On General Sand's floating conference boat, Oliver Houck is the only board member who is active in what?

5. In the 1800s, swamps in Louisiana are drained and used as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select an example from one of the three primary stories that describes people's efforts to control nature that actually work.

1. How are these efforts successful?

2. Who benefits, and how?

3. What, if anything, suffers?

4. Does the success appear to be short-lived or long-term?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Based on what the author has described about each region, is it viable for residents to continue living there? Provide your answers for the following regions:

1. In Louisiana near the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers.

2. By the active volcanoes of Hawaii.

3. In the volcanic island of Heimaey off the coast of Iceland.

4. In the plains below the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California.

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