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

2. Isaac visited the Levy Building and looked out over the vista where he could see that the spot that ____________ had once stood was now just all white beach.

3. Which of Louise Hopkins's siblings arrived home first?

4. The train coming from Beaumont, Texas, into Galveston during the storm was traveling along the flooded tracks of what?

5. How many people took shelter in Judson Palmer's house in Part IV: Cataclysm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe Rabbi Cohen's experiences of the storm?

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

3. How did the passengers of the Galveston-Houston train escape?

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

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

6. How was the surge of flooding described in Part IV: Cataclysm? How much did the water rise and in what amount of time?

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

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

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

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

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 2

Describe and discuss the conflicts between the US Weather Bureau and the local Cuban forecasters. How was Willis Moore to blame for the animosity between the two? How many lives were potentially lost as a result of egoism? How does the author express this thematically in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the political climate of 1900 and the setting of Galveston at this time. What brochures or advertisements can be found which illustrate the "boom town" quality of Galveston? What "selling points" were used to draw both inhabitants and tourists to the city? How do these advertisements relate to those seen today for resort areas?

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