The Johnstown Flood Test | Mid-Book 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. At what time does the dam simply move away in a push at the end of Chapter 3?

2. What does Hettie Ogle see sweep past her and slam into a pier near the end of Chapter 3?

3. Who is the first flood-related death ever in Johnstown?

4. Who rides back and forth on horseback trying to exhort the men to dig harder on fixing the dam in Chapter 3?

5. What is the name of the place best known for many sporting houses?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Lake Conemaugh empties in 36-45 minutes?

2. What happens to the city of Woodvale in Chapter 4?

3. What reasons does the author say allowed the water to flow freely down the mountains in Johnstown?

4. What is the nature of John Fulton's report on the safety of the dam in Chapter 2?

5. How do the townspeople of Johnstown react to the telegraph message warning them that the dam would break?

6. In what way does Daniel Johnson Morrell change the iron business according to Chapter 2?

7. How are the events of the townsfolk on the day of the flood between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. described?

8. Describe what Hess and Liggett do after becoming stranded in Mineral Point.

9. What happens when the water hits its first major obstacle in Chapter 4?

10. How does the author describe the cheap construction techniques used on the South Fork dam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of Clara Barton and the Red Cross in the crisis. What was the nature of their portrayal? What role did they play in the success of the Johnstown relief efforts?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of the train engineers during the crisis. What impact did they have on the outcome of the flood?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the rescue efforts by the Johnstown townsfolk before and after the flood. What measures did they take to help others? Were these efforts successful?

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