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

2. Where was Isaac Cline born?

3. After his meteorology training with the US Army Signal Corps, Isaac Cline was first assigned to what location?

4. Who, flanked by his Rough Riders, campaigned for the vice presidency in Introduction: The Beach?

5. According to the author in Part I: The Law of Storms, the first official notation of the storm was made by a Captain in his log on what date?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where was Isaac Cline sent to work in 1891? How was his work there perceived by his superiors? How did Isaac perceive his work?

3. What did the weather readings tell Isaac Cline on the morning of September 8, 1900? How did Isaac feel about the situation?

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

5. What concerned Isaac about the weather on the night of September 7, 1900?

6. What experiences with hurricanes did Christopher Columbus encounter, according to the author?

7. Where and with whom did Isaac Cline live in the year 1900? How is his house described in Introduction: The Beach?

8. What were the predictions by the US Weather Bureau for the storm when it hit Florida?

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

10. When did the storm that hit Galveston enter the Caribbean, according to the author in Part II: the Serpent's Coil? What conditions led it to grow there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the history of the US Weather Bureau and Isaac Cline's work within the Bureau. How long had Cline been in Galveston by 1900? Where had Cline studied meteorology? Where were his assignments prior to Galveston? How was Cline perceived by his superiors?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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