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. On the day of its opening, at what time is the Brooklyn Bridge illuminated?

2. How many photographers are hired to capture the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge.

3. Which state does Gouverneur Kemble (G.K.) map while he is a teenager?

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

5. After the New York caisson is filled, how many weeks of vacation does Roebling take from the bridge project?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does New York City react to Roebling's request for an additional $600,000 to strengthen the bridge's trusses?

2. How did Emily Warren help keep the Brooklyn Bridge project afloat when her husband became ill?

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

4. How did non-ticketholders find a way to join in the celebration of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the Brooklyn Bridge was finally complete, there was massive celebration around Long Island. Briefly explain the different ways bystanders celebrated the completion, and then compare / contrast the celebrations that occurred in both New York City and Brooklyn. Finally, explain how the Roebling family celebrated their great accomplishment.

Essay Topic 2

At the time when Roebling was on the rise in popularity as an engineer, there were many other bridge builders also seeking the limelight. Choose two of Roebling's competitors in the engineering world and briefly describe each of them. Then, compare / contrast the work ethics and production of all three of these engineers.

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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