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

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

3. In the early days of New Orleans, residents build their homes on what?

4. When the author recalls his first time in the Atchafalaya swamps with Charles Fryling in 1980, what does he fondly remember?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In "Los Angeles Against The Mountains," the Genofile family decides to rebuild on their steep mountain property even after an enormous debris flow barrels through their house, endangering their lives.

1. Describe the pros and cons of rebuilding at this same location. Do you feel Bob Genofile made the right decision to rebuild here? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the monetary award the family received from the county is fair compensation? Why or why not?

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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