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

2. At what age did the Pittsburgh clubmen's new president and manager begin working on the railroad?

3. How many years had the yardmaster, Walkinshaw, been working the day of the flood?

4. What is the last name of the family who owns the store in Johnstown where rumors of a disaster become a joke just before the flood?

5. At what time was there to be a parade in Johnstown that had to be canceled due to the weather?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Johnstown booming financially before the flood?

2. What does John G. Parke witness when he returns to the town from delivering the flood warning?

3. What does John G. Parke do when he sees serious leaks in the dam in Chapter 3?

4. What leisure activities are popular in Johnstown?

5. How are the residents of Johnstown who are participating in the Memorial Day Parade described?

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

7. How does John G. Parke describe the weather at the beginning of Chapter 1?

8. What reason does the author say the local fishermen are irritated by the club management in Chapter 2?

9. What does Hettie Ogle do when she receives the flood warning?

10. What does John G. Parke do when he is awakened for the second time at 6:30 a.m.?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the charitable donations given to the flood victims of Johnstown. What was the nature of these donations? What did these donations say in regards to the outpouring of support from the rest of the nation?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of the journalists in the crisis. What information could be gathered based on their reports? Are these reports mostly factual? What negative aspects were involved in these reports?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the author's use of perspective in the book. What methods did he use to tell this story? Was his use of perspective successful?

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