Isaac S Storm: The Drowning of Galveston Test | Lesson Plans 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

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 2

Describe and discuss Rabbi Henry Cohen and the devastation of Ritter's Café in the narrative. How many individuals died in the collapse of Ritter's Café? What information does the author relate of these people? How did panic begin to spread in the city? What did the citizens do?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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