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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Part II: the Serpent's Coil, Isaac walked to the beach and noted the arrival of a large British steamship called _____________.
(a) The Queen Mary III.
(b) The Roma.
(c) The King Charles II.
(d) Englands Majesty.

2. What physicist improved upon Galileo's device and created the first barometer?
(a) Edmund Halley.
(b) Ernest Zebrowski.
(c) Evangelista Torricelli.
(d) Chauncey Depew.

3. In August of what year did Columbus' ships sail on smooth waters under blue skies when an observer sounded the alarm after sighting huge swells just ahead, according to the author in Part I: The Law of Storms?
(a) 1492.
(b) 1527.
(c) 1654.
(d) 1583.

4. What was the name of Isaac Cline's younger brother who lived with his family and worked for the weather service as an observer?
(a) William Cline.
(b) Matthew Cline.
(c) Joseph Cline.
(d) Robert Cline.

5. What college did Isaac Cline attend?
(a) Hiwassee College.
(b) Menominee College.
(c) Tulane College.
(d) Savannah College.

6. What tamale vendor had an asterisk by his name, indicating he was an untrustworthy businessman in Galveston records, according to the author in Introduction: The Beach?
(a) Bat Masterson.
(b) Henry Piddington.
(c) Ernest Zebrowski.
(d) Joe Amando.

7. The fact that Isaac Cline paid cash for goods and services was published in a directory by what company?
(a) The Bolivar Lighthouse Association.
(b) Jameson's Shoe Company.
(c) The Giles Mercantile Agency.
(d) The Smithwick Textile Corporation.

8. How far from Galveston was the hurricane when Joseph Cline made his weather observations on September 6th?
(a) 800 miles.
(b) 475 miles.
(c) 200 miles.
(d) 550 miles.

9. Who wrote Perils of a Restless Planet?
(a) Joe Amando.
(b) Chauncey Depew.
(c) Ernest Zebrowski.
(d) Henry Piddington.

10. What city suffered from twelve consecutive days of 90 degree temperatures or above, prior to the hurricane that hit Galveston?
(a) Springfield, Illinois.
(b) Columbus, Ohio.
(c) Detroit, Michigan.
(d) St Louis, Missouri.

11. What sportswriter in New Jersey does the author discuss in Introduction: The Beach?
(a) Willis Moore.
(b) Henry Piddington.
(c) Matthew Fontaine Maury.
(d) Bat Masterson.

12. What school dean recommended Isaac Cline to study at the US Signal Corps?
(a) Dean Williams.
(b) Dean Jones.
(c) Dean Bruner.
(d) Dean Frank.

13. Where did Isaac Cline earn his Doctor of Medicine degree?
(a) The University of Arkansas.
(b) The University of Virginia.
(c) The University of Montana.
(d) The University of Alaska.

14. What General of the US Signal Corps wanted to staff his department with the best in Part I: The Law of Storms?
(a) T. P. Halsey.
(b) J. W. Simmons.
(c) William B. Hazen.
(d) William Sterett.

15. When did the Second Anglo-Boer War begin?
(a) 1885.
(b) 1892.
(c) 1899.
(d) 1906.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was an English-Indian scientist and merchant captain who coined the name cyclone for tropical storms?

2. Who was the Chief of the U S Weather Bureau in 1900?

3. The sequence that consisted of dry air, blue skies, and fair conditions changed to dominating high clouds and gray skies. Eventually, dark skies and a lower cloud ceiling were known as the _____________.

4. What term refers to a wind that blows with the direction of travel?

5. What were the names of Isaac Cline's parents?

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