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. The morning after the storm passed, the house where Isaac and his daughters had found shelter in was at what location?

2. What were dispatched around town collecting bodies?

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

4. Where was Dr. Sam Young's located?

5. Captain Simmons's first officer felt they were in a confluence of storms--a hurricane from the east and a gale from what direction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why did William B. Stockman send a report to Washington stating that the storm had passed without dangerous winds in Cuba? What did Stockman serve to gain by doing so? What were the repercussions of his actions?

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