The Path Between the Seas Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 3, Chapter 15.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "The Hero" is a reference to the esteem surrounding Ferdinand de Lesseps at what point in history?
(a) Upon the 1869 opening of his lockless Suez Canal.
(b) His foundation of the Sociyty Civile Internationale du Canal Interocyanique de Darien.
(c) During the ten-month 1870-1871 Franco-German War.
(d) In 1875 when he announces his interest in an interoceanic canal.

2. Lieutenant Colonel William Crawford Gorgas, despite opposition from bureaucrats, maintains the biggest challenge is what?
(a) Getting rid of what is dug from the canal.
(b) The massive amount of paperwork required by Washington.
(c) Conquering yellow fever and malaria.
(d) Accepting a lock vice a sea-level plan.

3. In July of 1886, Ferdinand de Lesseps requests and gets a vote of confidence, then proposes a Suez-style lottery bond issue to raise how much?
(a) $60 million.
(b) $80 million.
(c) $40 million.
(d) $20 million.

4. Back in Paris, in mid-1885, Ferdinand de Lesseps stipulates his Panama project ranks how in comparison to Suez?
(a) Less difficult than Suez, just longer.
(b) Twice as difficult as Suez.
(c) Equally difficult to Suez.
(d) Ten times more difficult than Suez.

5. William Crawford Gorgas gathers data on how weather and topography affect Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malarial parasite to humans, and discovers what?
(a) Direct sunlight and rain are lethal to them, strong air currents are not.
(b) Direct sunlight, rain, and strong air currents are lethal to them.
(c) Direct sunlight, rain, and strong air currents have no effect on them.
(d) Direct sunlight and strong air currents are lethal to them, rain is not.

Short Answer Questions

1. French engineers at Panama look on American colleagues as merely adroit at improvisation, but find making do with what is available under pressure difficult and that Suez was too easy, as warned by whom?

2. Who rebuilds Colon after it goes up in flames, killing 18 and leaving some 8,000 homeless?

3. When Phillippe Banau-Varilla resigns as Panamanian envoy, resumes publishing Le Matin, and asks the salary due him be reserved to build a monument to whom?

4. John Walker does not accept the mosquito theory and insists the solution is what?

5. In just over a decade in Panama, the French spend $287 million and expend how many lives?

(see the answer key)

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