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According to the textbook, corruption in America was never higher than in
A)corporations owned by the Big Four.
B)politics, government, and big business in California in the late nineteenth century.
C)American cities west of the Rockies.
D)the fight to control the Los Angeles harbor.
The Southern Pacific responded to attempts at government control by
A)putting its own politicians in office.
B)buying votes whenever necessary.
C)secret and corrupt dealings that were eventually exposed.
D)all of these.
The widow Ellen M. Colton discovered that
A)her husband's and Hopkins's identical stock shares were priced differently.
B)her husband had engaged in political payoffs that favored the Southern Pacific.
C)the public was sympathetic to her fraudulent treatment by the Big Four.
D)all of these.
Bitter rivalry existed between Huntington and Stanford over
A)Stanford's ability to win public attention.
B)Stanford's founding of a memorial university.
C)Stanford's election to the state senate.
D)all of these.
Los Angeles secured its San Pedro harbor in 1899 by
A)fighting against Huntington and the Southern Pacific.
B)enlisting powerful civic and government leaders in the fight.
C)twice receiving Army engineer reports in favor of San Pedro over Santa Monica.
D)all of these.
In the eyes of the public, the most outrageous act of the Central Pacific was
A)the Big Four's treatment of Ellen Colton.
B)the San Pedro Harbor fight.
C)an attempt to extend its loan repayment schedule for 100 years.
D)slander attempts against Leland Stanford, Sr.
Among those corruptible public figures whose support kept the Southern Pacific in power were
A)U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field.
B)Real estate magnate Adolph Sutro.
C)publisher William Randolph Hearst.
D)all of these.

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