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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ferdinand de Lesseps' second attempt at going public, is the largest financial endeavor yet, with each share ($100) representing a year's income for half of France's working class, but may be bought how?
(a) 25% down, five years to pay the rest.
(b) 25% down, six years to pay the rest.
(c) 25% down, balance in equal monthly payments for three years.
(d) 50% down, six years to pay the rest.

2. What 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique delegation drew attention by the maps and plans they brought that had never been seen in Europe before?
(a) The Colombians.
(b) The Hawaiians.
(c) The Americans.
(d) The Nicaraguans.

3. A Saint Gotthard Tunnel engineer, Ribourt, warned the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique that, even 24 hours a day, the Wyse plan including a tunnel would take how long?
(a) Noless than 7 years.
(b) No less than 11 years.
(c) No less than 10 years.
(d) No less than 9 years.

4. Completed after ten years of construction in 1869, what is the significant engineering feat that shortens the trek from Europe to India by some 5,800 miles around the Horn of Africa?
(a) The Suez Highway.
(b) The Suez Canal.
(c) The European-East Asian Transcontinental Highway.
(d) The Orient Express.

5. Which delegate to the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris takes into consideration the deadly climate of Panama?
(a) Jules Quesnay de Beaurepaire.
(b) Francisco Lopez de Gomara.
(c) Vice Admiral Clement Baron de La Ronciere-Le Noury.
(d) Baron Nicholas-Joseph-Adolphe Godin de Lepinay.

6. The results of Commander Selfridge's initial orders for exploration in Central America in 1870, together with those of an additional six expeditions, were to be submitted for appraisal to which agency?
(a) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
(b) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
(c) The Interoceanic Canal Commission (ICC).
(d) The Bureau of Science and Engineering (BSE).

7. Julesa Dingler restores order and confidence upon arrival, distributes the workload, purges the disloyal, and formulates what?
(a) First of several French master plans in Panama.
(b) The only French master plan to be had in Panama.
(c) A design for huge dam with 30% steeper banks.
(d) A plan to eliminate requirement for high laborer requirement.

8. When is the rainy season and how much is dropped along the line cutting through seven miles of swamps and marsh, beyond Gatun?
(a) May-December, 120-130 inches annually.
(b) May-September, 100-110 inches annually.
(c) July-November, 50-60 inches annually.
(d) June-October, 175-185 inches annually.

9. On May 2, 1902, the second key swaying event following the Morgan Committee reports is Mount Pelye exploding on Martinique; how far away and how many killed?
(a) 150 miles from Nicaragua, 3,000 killed.
(b) 3,000 miles from Nicaragua, 15,000 killed.
(c) 1,500 miles from Nicaragua, 3,000 killed.
(d) 1,500 miles from Nicaragua, 30,000 killed.

10. What firm tows its first massive, steam-powered dredges to Colon in April of 1883?
(a) Herne, Slaven & Co. (later American Contracting and Dredging Co.).
(b) Slaven & Herne Dredging & Contracting, Inc.
(c) Compagnie Nouvelle de Canal de Panama.
(d) Compagnie Universal de Panama.

11. Secretary of State William Evarts agrees to send Admiral Daniel Ammen and A. G. Menocal to the 1879 Paris Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in what capacity?
(a) Diplomatic functionaries, Ammen a military role and Menocal a civilian.
(b) Authorized delegates, not diplomatic functionaries.
(c) Official Navy Department observers, not authorized delegates.
(d) Diplomatic functionaries, not authorized voting delegates.

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

13. Which steamship company, established just prior to news of the discovery of gold in California reaches the East, receives a federal subsidy to carry the mail?
(a) The Atlantic-Pacific Steamship Company.
(b) The Union Pacific Steamship Corporation.
(c) The Intercontinental Steamship Company.
(d) The Pacific Mail Steamship Company.

14. What does the public prosecutor, Jules Quesnay de Beaurepaire, propose in October 1892?
(a) Improbable cause for civil or criminal action.
(b) Civil suit for damages.
(c) Both a civil suit and criminal trial.
(d) Criminal trial.

15. Chairman Morgan appears happy questioning witnesses in February 1902, and his badgering of Ydouard Lampry, the Compagnie Nouvelle spokesman creates what?
(a) Overblown headlines, but legitimate substance to report.
(b) Overblown headlines but no substance to report.
(c) Legitimate headlines, no substance to be reported.
(d) Overblown headlines and lies reported.

Short Answer Questions

1. The 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique Technical Committe hears proposals for how many passage sites before focusing on the Americans' Nicaraguan and the Wyse plans?

2. The cream of the crop of 19th-century French engineers are trained at what two institutions (the most brilliant at the former, and only its top graduates at the latter)?

3. Armand Rousseau's report declares abandoning the Panama project will harm French prestige and advocates what?

4. Who is installed as Director General of the entire Panama project by Charles de Lesseps to replace Pillipe Bunau-Varilla in mid-1885?

5. As the U.S. establishes a naval base at Cuba, annexes Hawaii, and acquires Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico, the canal Theodore Roosevelt has been advocating becomes what?

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