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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Isaac Cline and which neighbor were on the beach at dawn on Saturday as the storm rolled in?

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

3. When Isaac returned to work the week after the storm, the instruments in his office were still out, and he was forced to communicate by what means to the Houston station?

4. By evening, Judson Palmer estimated that the water in his yard was how deep?

5. The wind was measured at what speed from the Galveston weather station in Part IV: Cataclysm?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the meteorological discoveries of Thomas Jefferson, the Byzantine Empire, Aristotle and the Greeks, and Galileo. Of what importance were these men's discoveries to Isaac Cline? How had history developed a fascination for the weather in Isaac? In what ways did Isaac as a "scientist" relate to these historical figures?

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