The Great Bridge Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 one day of the week Roebling does not ask his men to come in for work?

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

3. Who does Kingsley voice a tirade against?

4. How many copies of the committee's formal approval of the Brooklyn Bridge are made and circulated?

5. What instrument does Washington play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did John Roebling find himself moving to America?

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

6. What is "the bends" and what is its effect on Roebling's workers?

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

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

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

10. What type of wedding did Tweed throw for his daughter, and what was the effect of that wedding on Tweed's political career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Before the bridge went into production, both Manhattan and Brooklyn were excited at its prospect. Briefly describe why each city was excited about the bridge, and what they hoped to gain from its construction. Then, explain how each city's view of the bridge changed as production labored on.

Essay Topic 3

Roebling did not always have such a strong relationship with his son Washington as he did when the two were working together. Explain what Roebling's relationship with Washington was like when Washington was a boy, and what events led to the change in relationship between father and son. Then, explain how the two worked together as they were constructing "The Great Bridge."

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