The Great Bridge Test | Final 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 newspaper coins the term "The Gigantic Spinning Machine?"

2. What is the nickname of New York Mayor John Kelly?

3. What is the weather like on the day the Brooklyn Bridge opens?

4. How far away is Roebling's new house in Columbia Ridge from the bridge?

5. Where are the handles on the workers' temporary foot bridge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What statements about wire and Roebling does the Herald print, even though they are not factual?

2. What problem do local reporters have with the temporary footbridge put into place for workers who are "spinning" up the bridge?

3. What argument do Roebling and Hewitt find themselves in over the wire contract?

4. Why do the bridge workers go on strike in 1872.

5. How does Emily help Washington celebrate the bridge's completion?

6. What is life like for Washington Roebling during the three years he is forced to live in Trenton?

7. How did Haigh succeed in getting faulty wires past the inspectors for construction?

8. What symptoms of the Bends does Dr. Smith encounter during his research of the disease?

9. What effects does Smith see the bends has on workers circulatory systems?

10. How does the city of New York change during The Panic of 1873?

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

A typical workday for the Brooklyn Bridge construction workers was a grueling one, and one that the narrator spent great length discussing for the reader. Create a timeline for a typical workday for a typical construction worker on the job. Then, explain why, despite his precautions, Roebling still found an unusually high turnover rate for his workers.

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