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 storm's track hit Galveston at a 90 degree angle with its eye passing how many miles west of the city?

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

3. Isaac Cline's house was built with what components to prevent flooding?

4. What did Isaac do with his wife's engagement ring after it was recovered from the wreckage?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the author describe the arrival of the "Pensacola" in Galveston in Part V: Strange News?

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

9. What happened following the attempts by Galveston to bury the dead at sea?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the major differences between meteorology today and in 1900. How are hurricanes tracked in the present day? What technological advances have improved weather reporting? How would these advancements have helped in reporting the hurricane that destroyed Galveston?

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 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?

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