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. By what year does Murphy predict the bridge will be complete?

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

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

4. How many miles of wire are held inside each drum?

5. Who is Seth Low?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Ferrington react to being chosen as the first man to cross the Brooklyn Bridge?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

In the epilogue of this novel, David McCullough takes great liberties in comparing the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge to many other feats of technology in the 20th century. Choose two of the feats McCullough examines in the text and explain why you do / do not think his comparison is a fair one, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the end of his life, Washington Roebling withstood many different rumors about his health and mental status. Create a timeline of rumors that circulated around Roebling's health, and compare / contrast those rumors to what was really happening regarding Roebling's health.

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