The Path Between the Seas Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2, Chapter 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that."
(c) "I have not lost a case yet."
(d) "Accidents don't happen."

2. Some mortality estimates go up to 75% among French immigrants and beds are reported to be at such a premium that the dying have been placed where?
(a) On the floor in the basement.
(b) In coffins to await their end.
(c) Outside the hospital on the ground.
(d) On the railway platform to await a train to the cemetary when they die.

3. Sen. Spooner offers a Hepburn Bill amendment authorizing the President to acquire the Panama property and concessions for no more than $40 million, only if Colombia relinquishes what?
(a) A perpetual three-mile sovereignty zone,
(b) A perpetual six-mile sovereignty zone.
(c) A perpetual nine-mile sovereignty zone.
(d) A perpetual twelve-mile sovereignty zone.

4. What do closed subcommittees at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris establish that the Nicaragua canal route is?
(a) Impractical, costing $209 million, including locks, and taking 12 years.
(b) Practical, costing $140 million, and taking 12 years.
(c) Practical, costing $140 million, and taking six years.
(d) Impractical, unable to estimate cost, and an earthquake area.

5. 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) Ferdinand de Lesseps.
(d) Admiral de La Ronciere-Le Noury.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Theodore Roosevelt state in his first message to Congress is the reason the U.S. must construct a canal in Central America for?

2. When, on March 29, 1885, Haitian-born, xenophobic Pedro Prestan and a handful of barefoot followers take six U.S. hostages and demand guns, an American consul orders compliance; what happens next?

3. Due to continuing slides, the "total cube" of the cut steadily increases, until it appears necessary for the top of the cut to be how far wide to achieve a mathematically stable 1:4 ratio?

4. What promise does Ferdinand de Lesseps keep on January 1, 1880?

5. Before leaving Panama for New York en route to Paris, Ferdinand de Lesseps dismisses all talk regarding the deadly jungle climate and maintains what about the task?

(see the answer key)

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