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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 of the following is a nickname for Brooklyn?
(a) The City of Rivers.
(b) The City of Churches.
(c) The City of Rainbows.
(d) The City of Love.

2. What are the giant boxes of compressed air used to anchor bridges called?
(a) Caissons.
(b) Dredgons.
(c) Krankons.
(d) Fussons.

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

4. How many weeks vacation does Kingsley take after news of his scandal breaks out in the papers?
(a) Four weeks.
(b) Eight weeks.
(c) Six weeks.
(d) Two weeks.

5. What is the one day of the week Roebling does not ask his men to come in for work?
(a) Saturdays.
(b) Fridays.
(c) Mondays.
(d) Sundays.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a project John works on before starting to build bridges?

2. How many men are killed during the river's "Great Blowout?"

3. How many gallons of water are used to extinguish the fire in the caisson?

4. Which of the following descriptions best describes Brooklyn Mayor, Martin Kalbfleisch?

5. Which of the following metals does Roebling call "the metal of the future?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was John Roebling so devastated when his wife, Johanna, died?

2. What two conclusions do "The Genuine Language of America" make about the Bridge Party?

3. Who was Ellet, and why was he considered such a showman?

4. How did James Eads find himself in the bridge building business?

5. What change in transportation would the Brooklyn Bridge allow between the two cities?

6. Why did the Rink Committee feel the need to form?

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

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

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

10. Why did Washington and Emily move to Germany, and how did John feel about the move?

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