The Path Between the Seas Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2, Chapter 13.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A. G. Menocal tells the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique he had been in Panama in 1875 planning a sea-level canal, but abandoned that idea when he grasped what?
(a) The relief of the terrain.
(b) The time it would take to complete a sea-level canal in Panama as it would elsewhere.
(c) The engineering complexities of a sea-level canal through Panama.
(d) The full impact of the Chagres River.

2. Why is it nearly impossible in the early stages of canal construction to maintain an adequate work force?
(a) High death toll.
(b) Language differences.
(c) High illness rate.
(d) Frequent turnover.

3. Who ensures the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique opens in May, the best time to be in Paris, has final say as to the agenda, rules, committee make-up, and entertainment?
(a) Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
(b) Jules Flachet.
(c) Admiral de La Ronciere-Le Noury.
(d) Ferdinand de Lesseps.

4. What is U.S. delegate Admiral Ammen's view of the American canal plan, given at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique, with a 1,900 foot viaduct over the Chagres River, 12 locks at each end, and costing $94.6 million?
(a) States it requires only minor modifications.
(b) Supports the proposal wholeheartedly.
(c) Declares the whole thing impractical.
(d) Believes the cost estimate could be lowered somewhat.

5. Both Napoleonic types, Philippe Banau-Varilla and William Nelson Cromwell are the "Panama Lobby" spokesmen, the latter a corporate lawyer with a mystery reputation who pulls strings, what is his motto?
(a) "I don't have time to waste."
(b) "I have not lost a case yet."
(c) "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that."
(d) "Accidents don't happen."

Short Answer Questions

1. A sea-level canal built at Panama is just impossible, and using 1880s equipment, the lock canal approach maximizes what?

2. What do closed subcommittees at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris establish that the Nicaragua canal route is?

3. Phillippe Banau-Varilla goes to the "Lion's Cage," the home of John T. Morgan, and it almost comes to blows when Morgan terms Panama as what?

4. Jaques de Reinach is the "Micros" article's inside source, but Ydouard Drumont denies testifying, unless he is pardoned for what type of conviction keeping him in prison?

5. Where does Manuel Amador send a coded telegram to on October 28, 1903?

(see the answer key)

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