The Great Bridge Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

David McCullough
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What instrument does Washington play?
(a) The flute.
(b) The piano.
(c) The harp.
(d) The banjo.

2. Which magazine publishes Roebling's thoughts about the East River?
(a) The Wall Street Journal.
(b) The Washington Post.
(c) The New York Tribune.
(d) The Cincinnati Times.

3. What do the Bridge committee think Washington is missing from his father's spirit?
(a) His leadership style.
(b) His creative vision.
(c) His strong arms.
(d) His commanding speech.

4. Which of the following sea creatures is a cause of major concern for Washington during bridge construction?
(a) Crawfish.
(b) Minnows.
(c) Sea worms.
(d) Barnacles.

5. Who does "The Genuine Language of America" dub the "heroes of the Age of Progress?"
(a) Construction workers.
(b) Engineers.
(c) Physicists.
(d) Chemists.

6. How does Washington Roebling feel about having to speak for his father at meetings?
(a) He feels completely terrified.
(b) He feels utterly confused.
(c) He feels somewhat nervous, but overcomes it.
(d) He feels completely at ease.

7. Which of the following statements is NOT true about Brooklyn at the time the bridge was built?
(a) Gas prices were lower in Brooklyn than in Manhattan.
(b) Schools were better in Brooklyn than in Manhattan.
(c) The government was less corrupt in Brooklyn than in Manhattan.
(d) Unemplyment was lower in Brooklyn than in Manhattan.

8. How much does the project to build the Brooklyn Bridge cost?
(a) $10-11 million.
(b) $6-7 million.
(c) $1-2 million.
(d) $14-15 million.

9. In what country does Washington study European bridges?
(a) England.
(b) France.
(c) Spain.
(d) Germany.

10. Which of the following is NOT a literary reference made in regards to working down the caisson?
(a) Heart of Darkness.
(b) Sisyphus.
(c) The book of Revelation.
(d) Dante's Inferno.

11. By the time Roebling's bridge is launched, how many of his workers have died on the job?
(a) 10.
(b) 100.
(c) 1.
(d) 1,000.

12. Which of the following is NOT a project John works on before starting to build bridges?
(a) Railroad tracks.
(b) Locks.
(c) Dams.
(d) Electric fences.

13. Which of the following famous people is NOT mentioned as having left the West for fame and fortune in the East?
(a) Thomas Edison.
(b) Andrew Carnegie.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

14. At what river does James Eads decide to build a bridge, directly competing for press with Washington Roebling?
(a) Grand.
(b) Allegheney.
(c) St Louis.
(d) Mississippi.

15. Where is John working at the time of Johanna's death?
(a) In Chicago.
(b) In Detroit.
(c) In Cincinatti.
(d) In Pittsburgh.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Murphy claim the engineers of the Brooklyn Bridge have a license to do?

2. What are the giant boxes of compressed air used to anchor bridges called?

3. How many weeks vacation does Kingsley take after news of his scandal breaks out in the papers?

4. Which of the following is NOT something increased in bridges by the use of stays?

5. In what month of the year does Roebling's caisson finally slide into the water?

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