Isaac S Storm: The Drowning of Galveston Test | Final 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 morning after the storm passed, the house where Isaac and his daughters had found shelter in was how far from his own house?

2. The first floor of Dr. Young's house was in how many feet of water before it was hit by a large object?

3. What were dispatched around town collecting bodies?

4. Galveston was the victim of two storm surges, one from the Gulf and one from ____________.

5. What humanitarian arrived to help and sent a message that the situation had not been exaggerated?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was at fault for the inaccurate forecasting by the US Weather Bureau?

2. How is the setting of Judson Palmer's home described? Who took refuge there?

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

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

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

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

7. Who was Colonel William Sterett? Why was he traveling to Galveston?

8. What led to the entrapment of the Galveston-Houston train?

9. What was the setting like when Colonel William Sterett's train became stalled? What did the passengers do?

10. What did Isaac and Joseph Cline argue about as the storm hit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe one element of foreshadowing in the first section of the book and analyze it. What is the author's purpose in using foreshadowing here? How does the foreshadowing impact the reader? Why does the author choose to introduce Captain Simmons in the first section?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the atmospheric conditions discussed in "Spiderwebs and Ice." What are the different strata of the atmosphere? Why does rain not deplete hurricanes and tropical storms? What are the basic elements of hurricanes? How did the conditions of the 1900 hurricane compare with others in this century?

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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