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. Isaac was bothered the most by Willis Moore's statement in the letter that Galveston had received warnings and that Isaac's office had ordered _______________.

2. In Part IV: Cataclysm, a telegram was sent from the weather station where to the Chief of the US Weather Bureau in Washington, DC, informing him that they had lost all contact with the Galveston office?

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

4. Where was the letter that Willis Moore wrote defending the forecasting conducted by the Weather Bureau published?

5. Joseph attempted to phone to Washington, but the telephone operator wouldn't put him through because there were how many people ahead of him waiting to place calls?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Isaac Cline find when he visited his office? How is this setting described?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What did the Weather Bureau refer to the storm as, despite Isaac's warnings in Part III: Spectacle? Who did Isaac go to warn locally?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the heat wave of 1900. When did the heat wave begin? What regions of the United States were affected? How many died in the heat wave? How did the heat wave in the US contribute to conditions that led to the hurricane?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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