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. How old is the Long Island boy who volunteers to be the first person to cross the bridge?

2. Which newspaper coins the term "The Gigantic Spinning Machine?"

3. In what country is Tweed finally arrested?

4. Which system does Smith claim is most affected by the bends?

5. What is the name of the company that wins the wire contract for the Brooklyn Bridge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge withstood many fierce scandals. Choose one of these scandals and explain how it came to the spotlight. Then, explain how the scandal affected construction of the bridge, and which characters were most affected by its headlines.

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

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.

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