The Great Bridge Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David McCullough
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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. Which of the following adjectives best describes William Tweed's business style?

2. Who does "The Genuine Language of America" dub the "heroes of the Age of Progress?"

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

4. What government position is Tweed running for when he falls from grace in the papers?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were both Manhattan and Brooklyn interested in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Roebling react to the scandal surrounding Kingsley's finances?

8. How does John Roebling die?

9. Who was Kingsley, and how did he become involved in fund raising for the Brooklyn Bridge?

10. How did Roebling combat injuries and sickness amongst his men working in the caisson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the time when Roebling was on the rise in popularity as an engineer, there were many other bridge builders also seeking the limelight. Choose two of Roebling's competitors in the engineering world and briefly describe each of them. Then, compare / contrast the work ethics and production of all three of these engineers.

Essay Topic 2

The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge withstood many fierce scandals. Choose one of these scandals and explain how it came to the spotlight. Then, explain how the scandal affected construction of the bridge, and which characters were most affected by its headlines.

Essay Topic 3

Both Emily and Washington Roebling's lives changed drastically at the completion of the bridge. Briefly describe the life both Emily and Washington led in the years after the bridge's completion until their deaths. Then, argue whether or not you believe these accomplishments would have been possible without the success of the bridge behind them.

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