Isaac S Storm: The Drowning of Galveston Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After the storm, Isaac Cline claimed to have saved over how many people, according to the author in Part III: Spectacle?
(a) 2,000.
(b) 6,000.
(c) 15,000.
(d) 32,000.

2. By the end of the week after the storm, businesses were placing ads in the News assuring customers that they would not ______________.
(a) Sell expired goods.
(b) Charge tax.
(c) Be open on Sundays.
(d) Inflate prices.

3. Joseph attempted to phone to Washington, but the telephone operator wouldn't put him through because there were how many people ahead of him waiting to place calls?
(a) 4,000.
(b) 1,200.
(c) 2,500.
(d) 300.

4. The building which housed the Galveston weather station was how many stories high?
(a) 4.
(b) 12.
(c) 2.
(d) 7.

5. The wind was measured at what speed from the Galveston weather station in Part IV: Cataclysm?
(a) 110 mph.
(b) 95 mph.
(c) 135 mph.
(d) 160 mph.

6. When Isaac finally reached home in Part III: Spectacle, his yard was already how deep in water?
(a) Eight inches.
(b) Neck deep.
(c) Two feet.
(d) Chest deep.

7. Isaac Cline's house was built with what components to prevent flooding?
(a) Fans.
(b) Pumps.
(c) Stilts.
(d) Floats.

8. Where was the letter that Willis Moore wrote defending the forecasting conducted by the Weather Bureau published?
(a) The Houston Post.
(b) The New York Times.
(c) The San Francisco Chronicle.
(d) The Denver Post.

9. How many passengers were on the train from Beaumont, Texas, traveling into Galveston during the storm?
(a) 6.
(b) 58.
(c) 95.
(d) 22.

10. It was estimated that at the height of the storm, the barometric pressure fell to __________.
(a) 29.44.
(b) 30.19.
(c) 27.49.
(d) 28.72.

11. At one point the water rushed in Dr. Young's second story window which was how many feet above the street?
(a) 17.
(b) 33.
(c) 28.
(d) 24.

12. Galveston was the victim of two storm surges, one from the Gulf and one from ____________.
(a) Mexico.
(b) The bay.
(c) The reef.
(d) The dunes.

13. What writer for the Dallas News took a train from Houston to Galveston?
(a) Chief Willis Moore.
(b) Colonel William Sterett.
(c) General William B. Hazen.
(d) Captain J. W. Simmons.

14. Isaac privately wished he would have brought his family __________ for their safety during the storm.
(a) To his office.
(b) The Bolivar Lighthouse.
(c) St. Mary's Orphanage.
(d) Dallas.

15. In Part IV: Cataclysm, a telegram was sent from the weather station where to the Chief of the US Weather Bureau in Washington, DC, informing him that they had lost all contact with the Galveston office?
(a) St. Louis, Missouri.
(b) Houston, Texas.
(c) Miami, Florida.
(d) Phoenix, Arizona.

Short Answer Questions

1. The storm's track hit Galveston at a 90 degree angle with its eye passing how many miles west of the city?

2. By evening, Judson Palmer estimated that the water in his yard was how deep?

3. Cuban forecasters indicated that they had correctly predicted that the storm would not __________.

4. What sixteen-year-old was washed to the mainland and was given up for dead but reappeared a week later in Part V: Strange News?

5. The train coming from Beaumont, Texas, into Galveston during the storm was traveling along the flooded tracks of what?

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