Isaac S Storm: The Drowning of Galveston Test | Final Test - Hard

Erik Larson
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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. Despite Isaac's alarm, his office still downplayed the potential severity of the storm, referring to it by what name?

2. Who was a new employee at the Galveston weather station that found himself alone in the office?

3. At one point the water rushed in Dr. Young's second story window which was how many feet above the street?

4. Who was eight months pregnant and saw her house collapse on her husband and three-year-old son?

5. Who insisted that the family evacuate Isaac Cline's house because it was too dangerous in Part III: Spectacle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What did Isaac Cline note about the waves in the morning of September 8?

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

8. What lists appeared in the Galveston News following the storm? How are they described?

9. How does the author describe the experiences of John Blagden when the storm hit? Where was Blagden?

10. What "hideous things" does the author describe happening across Galveston in Part IV: Cataclysm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the scandal of Henry Howgate and its impact on the US Signal Corps. How was the reputation of the Corps affected upon Isaac Cline's arrival? What did Isaac know about this history? How did Howgate escape the authorities and where did he go?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the predictions of Isaac Cline and Professor Andrew Jackson DeVoe of the 1900 hurricane. What is the significance of these predictions in terms of the book's narrative? Do they serve as symbols? How does intuition relate to Isaac and Joseph Cline?

Essay Topic 3

Define the August wave, and discuss the atmospheric conditions which took place leading up to the hurricane of 1900. How did the August wave help to strengthen the storm? How does the butterfly effect apply to the hurricane of 1900?

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