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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who offers a solution letting Ferdinand de Lesseps extract himself honorably and gain income from tolls coming in?
(a) H. B. Slaven.
(b) Philippe Banau-Varilla.
(c) Charles de Lesseps.
(d) Pierre Tirard.

2. Which organization is later described as representing the world's first "transcontinental" railroad?
(a) The Panama Railroad Company.
(b) The San Francisco-Boston Railway.
(c) The Union Pacific Railroad Company.
(d) The Panama Steam Line Corporation.

3. Which investigative group of the Panama Affair holds 63 sessions, receives 158 depositions, complies over 1,000 dossiers, but issues a report that embarrasses no colleagues?
(a) Compagnie Universelle Investigatie Committee.
(b) De Lesseps Investigative Committee.
(c) Panama Investigative Committee.
(d) Committee of Thirty-Three.

4. In what way does author David McCullough find all early 19th-century canal plans preposterous?
(a) Every survey is flawed by lack of effort to gain accurate, applicable data.
(b) Every survey is flawed by failure to consider realistic astrological and geological considerations.
(c) Every survey is flawed by incorrect geographic surveys or lack of geological specimens.
(d) Every survey is flawed by inaccurate data and bad assumptions.

5. Since William Nelson Cromwell has White House access, which John Tyler Morgan reportedly hates him for, what does Cromwell view that as proof of?
(a) Cromwell is a good cook.
(b) Cromwell's effectiveness.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt's friendship with Cromwell.
(d) Theodore Roosevelt's interest in Cromwell's views.

6. Panama is divided into how many sections for work purposes?
(a) 4.
(b) 5.
(c) 2.
(d) 3.

7. Based on various exploratory expeditions through 1875, at least how many points in Central America are determined to be sufficiently narrow to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans?
(a) 12.
(b) 7.
(c) 19.
(d) 3.

8. Days after Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique of 1879 concludes, Ferdinand de Lesseps is behind 270 rich investors who are to receive what upon a firm being legally established?
(a) Property in Panama along the canal route. at bargain prices.
(b) Founding shares at a bargain price.
(c) Names inscribed on the Panama Canal Monument.
(d) Tax benefits in France for investing in Panama.

9. Once digging the "Great Trench" starts at Emperador on January 20, 1882, it moves how quickly?
(a) Much faster than expected in the rainy season.
(b) Slower than expected in the dry season.
(c) Much slower than expected in the dry season.
(d) Faster than expected in the dry season.

10. Gustave Eiffel eventually is able to clear his name, but what does he do afterward?
(a) Gives up his building career.
(b) Continues his building career.
(c) Becomes a politician in Greenland.
(d) Takes his building career to the U.S.

11. John Walker asks Compagnie Nouvelle to verify it's franchises and title in Pa nama in April 1901, gets no reply by June, and has William Cromwell ask directly how much his client wants. They reply how?
(a) They cannot reply until after the annual July meeting.
(b) They say they did not get Walker's query and will get back to him.
(c) Offended by Cromwell's blunt cable, they fire him.
(d) They state they are gathering the file, meanwhile have him make an offer.

12. Cholera kills 48 of 50 technicians and 150 soldiers and dependents en route to duty in Panama in 1852, yet which Fourth Infantry member survives and becomes President?
(a) Ulysses S. Grant.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Andrew Johnson.
(d) Rutherford B. Hayes.

13. Yeas were primarily French, yet A.G. Menocal's analysis of the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique canal site vote showed how many were French Society of Engineers members?
(a) 1.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) None.

14. To eliminate rumors he is terminally ill, Ferdinand de Lesseps goes where?
(a) To stand beside Grover Cleveland at the Eiffel Tower unveiling.
(b) To stand beside Grover Cleveland at the Statue of Liberty unveiling.
(c) To stand beside Ulysses S. Grant at the Statue of Liberty unveiling.
(d) To stand beside Ulysses S. Grant at the Eiffel Tower unveiling.

15. 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) $40 million.
(b) $80 million.
(c) $20 million.
(d) $60 million.

Short Answer Questions

1. When newspapers throughout the world announce "The Great Canal Crash," and deputies order the Compagnie Universelle into receivership, demonstrations across France espouse what?

2. In June of 1881, Ferdinand de Lesseps pays Park's price, that has increased $200 per share to $250 cash, consuming how much of the company's resources?

3. Ferdinand de Lesseps resells lottery bonds on Nov. 15, 1887, and says Gustave Eiffel will build two huge lock flights, gates, and apparatus to lift ships over the Chagres at flood stage that are what?

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

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

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