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

2. What refers to the study of weather conditions averaged over a period of time?

3. What was the name of Louisa Rollfing's husband?

4. In Introduction: The Beach, Isaac had warnings from the central Weather Bureau that what location had been battered by a severe tropical storm?

5. Who was nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas" and "Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the actions of the Weather Bureau affect sea captains such as T.P. Halsey?

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

4. According to the author, for what reason do some tropical disturbances cross the Atlantic, but others do not?

5. How does the author describe the plight of Captain J.W. Simmons? Where was Simmons located?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify, analyze and discuss the point of view of the narrative. In what tense and person is the story told? Whose perspective does the reader see the events through, primarily? Is the point of view omniscient or limited?

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

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?

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