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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what month of the year does Roebling's caisson finally slide into the water?
(a) May.
(b) February.
(c) August.
(d) November.

3. How does Roebling respond to the scandal surrounding Kingsley?
(a) He ignores the rumors.
(b) He lowers his salary.
(c) He fires him.
(d) He promotes him.

4. What is the name of the park that commemorates the inception of the Brooklyn Bridge plan?
(a) Turtle Crossing Park.
(b) Owl Head Park.
(c) Squirrel Nest Park.
(d) Deer Valley Park.

5. In which of the following school subjects does Tweed excel?
(a) Science.
(b) Math.
(c) History.
(d) Literature.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what hemisphere of Long Island is Brooklyn located?

2. Which of the following subjects does John Roebling study in school as a teenager?

3. What does John A. Roebling do for a living?

4. Which of the following is NOT an engineering feat Roebling cites as an example of greatness in comparison to his bridge?

5. How many feet of additional width are added to the bridge in order to ensure two-way traffic?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Tweed depicted in the newspapers of New York?

2. Which elements of the bridge's architecture would classify it as the largest suspension bridge in the world?

3. What happened during the "Great Blowout" in the river?

4. What lessons on love did Washington learn while away from his family?

5. What were some of the benefits of living in Brooklyn during the 1860's over living in Manhattan?

6. What stops production of the "Biggest Bridge in the World" when Roebling is constructing it in Cincinnati?

7. What is so impressive to tourists about Roeblings bridge over Niagara Falls?

8. How is the fire in the caisson started, and how do the newspapers report the fire?

9. How was the fire in the caisson extinguished?

10. How are the streets of Manhattan described in the 1850s?

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