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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did the Second Anglo-Boer War end?
(a) 1908.
(b) 1915.
(c) 1906.
(d) 1902.

2. Where was Louisa Rollfing originally from?
(a) France.
(b) Poland.
(c) Spain.
(d) Germany.

3. Who was the founder and first President of American Association for the Advancement of Science?
(a) Edmund Halley.
(b) Henry Howgate.
(c) Dean Bruner.
(d) William Redfield.

4. At the turn of the century, Galveston was a cosmopolitan boom town, poised to take on the same status as New Orleans or ___________, according to the author in Introduction: The Beach.
(a) San Francisco.
(b) Seattle.
(c) Denver.
(d) Chicago.

5. Isaac Cline arrived in Washington, DC to study at the US Signal Corps on what date?
(a) July 25, 1885.
(b) April 2, 1894.
(c) July 6, 1882.
(d) October 11, 1887.

6. After his meteorology training with the US Army Signal Corps, Isaac Cline was first assigned to what location?
(a) Omaha, Nebraska.
(b) Tulsa, Oklahoma.
(c) Little Rock, Arkansas.
(d) Topeka, Kansas.

7. What bison hunter and showman does the author describe performing in the Wild West in Introduction: The Beach?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Henry Piddington.
(c) Buffalo Bill Cody.
(d) Teddy Roosevelt.

8. In Part I: The Law of Storms, the author writes that the storm began gathering over the African highlands east of _____________.
(a) Niger.
(b) Egypt.
(c) Morocco.
(d) Cameroon.

9. The narrative of Introduction: The Beach states that on the night of what date did Isaac Monroe Cline have an inexplicable feeling of foreboding?
(a) March 1, 1911.
(b) September 7, 1900.
(c) May 16, 1898.
(d) January 22, 1894.

10. In what year did Louisa Rollfing marry her husband?
(a) 1893.
(b) 1885.
(c) 1888.
(d) 1883.

11. On September 4, 1900 what knocked out the city of Galveston's power and threw all the government buildings into darkness?
(a) An earthquake.
(b) A tornado.
(c) A dust storm.
(d) Lightning.

12. What concept was put forth in Perils of a Restless Planet?
(a) Headwind.
(b) Nonlinear dynamics.
(c) Pushwind.
(d) Tailwind.

13. Who was the Chief of the U S Weather Bureau in 1900?
(a) Chauncey Depew.
(b) Henry Howgate.
(c) Judson Palmer.
(d) Willis Moore.

14. What astronomer was the first to recognize that the earth's rotation had a great impact on weather?
(a) Edmund Halley.
(b) John Blagden.
(c) Chauncey Depew.
(d) Henry Howgate.

15. What was the maiden name of Isaac Cline's wife?
(a) Cora Sue Smith.
(b) Cora May Ballew.
(c) Cora Betsy Huffington.
(d) Cora Rebecca Rodgers.

Short Answer Questions

1. On Wednesday, the Weather Bureau was predicting that the storm would move north and land in New England by what day?

2. In what year was the chief financial manager of the Signal Corps arrested for embezzling nearly a quarter of a million dollars?

3. Where was Isaac Cline born?

4. Christopher Columbus was commissioned to lead a fleet on a voyage where in 1502?

5. The ship "The Louisiana" sailed from what location to Galveston during the hurricane of 1900?

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