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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the name of Louisa Rollfing's husband?
(a) Glenn.
(b) Forest.
(c) August.
(d) Jacob.

3. What was the name of the captain who commanded the "Pensacola"?
(a) William B. Hazen.
(b) J. W. Simmons.
(c) William Sterett.
(d) T. P. Halsey.

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

5. Captain Simmons ordered his crew to head for the channel at the east end of _____________.
(a) The Rio Grande.
(b) Galveston Island.
(c) The Texas panhandle.
(d) Dallas.

Short Answer Questions

1. What bison hunter and showman does the author describe performing in the Wild West in Introduction: The Beach?

2. As Captain Halsey continued on his journey in Part II: the Serpent's Coil, he estimated the wind at what speed when he had probably neared the heart of the storm?

3. Galveston's highest point was how many feet above sea level in 1900?

4. Where was Louisa Rollfing originally from?

5. In Galveston on September 6th, Joseph Cline made his weather observations at what time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the "August wave" in Part I: The Law of Storms?

2. What had led to the schism between Cuban and US meteorologists?

3. Where did the storm that hit Galveston begin forming? What were atmospheric pressure conditions like in the US at this time?

4. How does the author describe the Rollfings? When did they marry?

5. How does the author describe the summer of 1900 in terms of weather in Introduction: The Beach? How is the setting of Galveston described during this time period?

6. How does the author describe Joseph Cline's weather observations on September 6, 1900?

7. What geographical and social elements set up the city of Galveston for major casualties in the event of a hurricane in 1900?

8. How does the author introduce Isaac Cline in Introduction: The Beach? What led to Cline's training at the US Signal Corps?

9. What invention was key to the development of the Weather Bureau according to the author in Part I: The Law of Storms? How was Isaac Cline affected by the invention?

10. Whom did Isaac Cline contact on the morning of September 8, 1900? Why?

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