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. 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 _____________.

2. Who proved that air had mass, according to the author in Part I: The Law of Storms?

3. In what year had Isaac been assigned to open the Texas Section of the new US Weather Bureau?

4. Who was the founder and first President of American Association for the Advancement of Science?

5. How far from Galveston was the hurricane when Joseph Cline made his weather observations on September 6th?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What had Isaac Cline considered as a profession before going into weather?

3. What position was Isaac Cline offered after the Galveston hurricane? How did Isaac feel about the promotion?

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

5. Describe the losses sustained by the Credo and Palmer families. How many were lost?

6. How does the author describe the arrival of the "Pensacola" in Galveston in Part V: Strange News?

7. How far did the storm that destroyed Galveston travel before it finally dissipated? What damage was left in its wake?

8. Where did Isaac and his family find themselves after the passing of the storm? How is the setting described?

9. What was Louise Hopkins doing as the flooding began in Galveston? Where did she go?

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

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

Should the media censor information which could lead to panic? In the case of the hurricane of 1900, would the civilians have been better off knowing that a "cyclone" were approaching? What examples from contemporary society can we see of the media or governmental agencies censoring what is told to the public?

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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