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 does John set out to do when he moves to America?

2. Which of the following is NOT a way Roebling's workers attempt to light the dark tunnels where they work?

3. In what city does John Roebling stay while talks of the Brooklyn Bridge reach completion?

4. Which magazine publishes Roebling's thoughts about the East River?

5. In which city is "The Biggest Bridge in the World" constructed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the people of Brooklyn eventually come to demand the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge?

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

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

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

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

8. How was the fire in the caisson extinguished?

9. Which problems stopped the initial production of "The Rainbow Bridge" in the early-1800s?

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

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 course of their lives, the relationships between John Roebling's many sons went through a variety of changes. At some points the three were working well together, and at other points the three weren't speaking. Choose two moments of relational change between the brothers and explain the onset of that change. Then, explain why the relationship between the brothers changed so frequently, and what hidden jealousies they continued to have with one another, even into their old age.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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