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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 author notes that many regard the Old River Project as what?

2. 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?

3. What does James B. Eads invent to explore the Mississippi River?

4. A towboat is designed to:

5. What river does the author mention that connects the Atchafalaya and the Mississippi to form an H?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe three or four of the key players in the quest to cool lava on the island off the coast of Iceland. Who are these individuals? How do they contribute to the effort and the final outcome? Do their backgrounds and character traits help or hinder their efforts?

Essay Topic 2

Describe life for the residents of Heimaey before and after their island erupts in 1973. How is life for the islanders different afterward? How is it worse? How is it better?

Essay Topic 3

In "Cooling The Lava," how much of the success of the operation can be attributed to human ingenuity, and how much can be attributed to a fortunate turn of events? Explain your answer in detail, supporting your conclusions with examples.

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