Isaac S Storm: The Drowning of Galveston Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the name of the steamship that Captain T. P. Halsey commanded during the storm?

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

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

5. In November 1703, the coast of England was hit by a series of powerful storms, killing more than how many seamen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lists appeared in the Galveston News following the storm? How are they described?

2. What did Isaac Cline note about the waves in the morning of September 8?

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

4. Where was August Rollfing headed in the beginning of Part IV: Cataclysm? Where was his family?

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

6. What recent scandal was Isaac Cline unaware of within the Signal Corps when he entered training in Part I: The Law of Storms?

7. How was the surge of flooding described in Part IV: Cataclysm? How much did the water rise and in what amount of time?

8. What conditions made the storm that hit Galveston form and grow?

9. What associations did Isaac Cline have with the medical profession? How did this correlate to meteorology?

10. How does the author describe the events at Ritter's Cafe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the meteorological discoveries of Thomas Jefferson, the Byzantine Empire, Aristotle and the Greeks, and Galileo. Of what importance were these men's discoveries to Isaac Cline? How had history developed a fascination for the weather in Isaac? In what ways did Isaac as a "scientist" relate to these historical figures?

Essay Topic 2

Why did William B. Stockman send a report to Washington stating that the storm had passed without dangerous winds in Cuba? What did Stockman serve to gain by doing so? What were the repercussions of his actions?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the geography of Galveston in 1900. What elements of the topography led Galveston to be particularly vulnerable in the event of a hurricane? How was the city's infrastructure developed? How is it different today?

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