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. Who is Seth Low?

2. Which of the following animals does Dr. Smith perform tests on in the caissons, searching for a cure for the Bends?

3. How much is the wire contract valued at?

4. While on strike, how much do the workers demand for a four-hour shift, to return to work?

5. Where does the Roebling family rent a cottage to get away from the stress of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens on Thanksgiving day during the time the wires are being strung up?

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

4. How does Washington resign from office, and what is his life like after his resignation?

5. What was work like for the men who first began construction on the Brooklyn footbridge?

6. What happens during the "rope fall" of 1878?

7. How do the crowds react to the first wires being suspended from the Brooklyn Bridge?

8. What lifestyle does Dr. Smith notice of the men living in the tenements near the construction site?

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

10. Why does Roebling decide to make a public appearance before the completion of the bridge, and how does he look to the public?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Both Emily and Washington Roebling's lives changed drastically at the completion of the bridge. Briefly describe the life both Emily and Washington led in the years after the bridge's completion until their deaths. Then, argue whether or not you believe these accomplishments would have been possible without the success of the bridge behind them.

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