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Which of the following statements is NOT true of California's "age of wheat"?
A)Wheat was the state's leading agricultural crop from 1840-1870.
B)California wheat ranching led to the invention of the gang plow and caterpillar tractor.
C)Wheat farming declined because of prolonged drought in California.
D)Glenn County was named to honor the state's leading wheat rancher.
California's population in the 1880s experienced
A)rapid growth in the north.
B)a decline in the mountain counties.
C)an urban explosion.
D)rapid growth in the south.
The state's economic growth in the late nineteenth century was helped by
A)Southern Pacific Railroad real estate and tourism promotions.
B)claims that the climate was beneficial to health.
C)propaganda exaggerating the sizes of various fruits and vegetables.
D)all of these.
In 1884, California mining faced which of the following setbacks?
A)a declaration making placer mining illegal.
B)new regulations barring deep-shaft mining.
C)a law prohibiting the dumping of soil debris into rivers.
D)all of these.
The doctrine of "prior appropriation" of water rights restricted
A)usage except by owners with riparian properties.
B)the amount of water anyone could draw from a river.
C)usage to those who held first deed to riparian lands.
D)seasonal access to wetlands and snow-melt creeks.
The Imperial Valley attracted development after
A)its name was changed from "Imperial Wasteland."
B)the Colorado River was diverted from Mexico into California.
C)the Salton Sea was explored and settled.
D)the Southern Pacific flooded the land and restored the topsoil.
Henry E. Huntington expanded his financial empire by
A)marrying his aunt.
B)investing in interurban railways.
C)selling his railway interests to Edward Harriman.
D)all of these.

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