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 famous people is NOT mentioned as having left the West for fame and fortune in the East?

2. In what country is John Roebling born?

3. Which political party does Tweed align himself with in the novel?

4. How many pastors preach at John Roebling's funeral?

5. Who is Washington Roebling named after?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did John so quickly return to engineering after moving to America?

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

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

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

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

8. At the age of 63, to what did John Roebling attribute his long life?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the epilogue of this novel, David McCullough compares the Brooklyn Bridge to two other major bridges completed at the time - The George Washington Bridge, and the San Francisco Bridge. How does the Brooklyn Bridge compare / contrast to these two famous bridges? Why do you think McCullough chose these two bridges to use as comparitive tools when exploring the impact the Brooklyn Bridge had on the engineering world?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the end of his life, Washington Roebling withstood many different rumors about his health and mental status. Create a timeline of rumors that circulated around Roebling's health, and compare / contrast those rumors to what was really happening regarding Roebling's health.

Essay Topic 3

Roebling's relationship with Johanne was one that went through many phases during their time together. Create a time line of events that were important in Roebling's relationship with his wife. Then, explain how Johanne's death altered the way Roebling viewed the world, and his career.

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