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

2. The first floor of Dr. Young's house was in how many feet of water before it was hit by a large object?

3. Who insisted on staying in Isaac Cline's house, believing it to be capable of withstanding the storm?

4. 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?

5. What refers to a wireless solar telegraph that signals by flashes of sunlight reflected by a mirror?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the author describe the plight of Captain Simmons as he fought the storm?

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

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

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

10. What was Louise Hopkins doing as the flooding began in Galveston? Where did she go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the members of Isaac Cline's family. What was Isaac's relationship like with his brother? How many children did Isaac have? How was his home described in the narrative? What elements of conflict existed within the Cline family?

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

Describe and discuss the geography of Galveston in 1900. What elements of the topography led Galveston to be particularly vulnerable in the event of a hurricane? How was the city's infrastructure developed? How is it different today?

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