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. What is the name of the park that commemorates the inception of the Brooklyn Bridge plan?

2. Over what river is the first suspension bridge ever built?

3. How many ferries commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn each day?

4. For how many days does John Roebling suffer before he finally dies?

5. In which decade is the novel "The Great Bridge" set?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What scandal does Kingsley find himself embroiled in at the start of the Brooklyn Bridge's construction?

4. How is Brooklyn described, in comparison to Manhattan, at the time of the bridge building?

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

6. How does John Roebling divide his estate after death?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The news media played a large role in shaping the way the public viewed the bridge. Create a time line of headlines that were prominently featured in the text. Then, explain how two of these major headlines affected the way the public viewed the Brooklyn Bridge.

Essay Topic 3

Richard Tweed was a man with great influence in Manhattan during the time the bridge was being built. Briefly describe Tweed and his role in the community. Then, explain how Tweed affected the bridge's construction, and how he eventually fell from grace in the public eye.

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