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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A sea-level canal built at Panama is just impossible, and using 1880s equipment, the lock canal approach maximizes what?
(a) Financial, but not technological limits.
(b) Neither technological nor financial limits.
(c) Technological, but not financial limits.
(d) Both technological and financial limits.

2. 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?
(a) It will be more difficult than Suez.
(b) It will be easier than Suez, but take longer.
(c) It will be no harder than Suez.
(d) It will be easier than Suez.

3. Theodore Roosevelt is in what position when he initially thrusts himself into shaping policy for an American canal?
(a) Governor of North Dakota.
(b) Governor of New York.
(c) President.
(d) Former president.

4. A huge dam taming the Chagres changes the slope, increasing the "cube" excavation by how much?
(a) 75%.
(b) 30%.
(c) 100%.
(d) 60%.

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

6. Although Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse completes his trip to Bogota, Colombia, in mid-May of 1878, and subsequently conducts a preliminary trip to Nicaragua, where does the lieutenant travel next?
(a) Washington, D.C.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) New Orleans.
(d) New York.

7. Which delegate, so eager not to miss the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique opening remarks, leaves his bags behind and has to purchase appropriate attire and call a barber in?
(a) Dutch delegate Jacob Dirks.
(b) British delegate Sir John Stokes.
(c) Colombian delegate Pedro Sosa.
(d) Mexican delegate Francisco de Garay.

8. On his 1879 trip to New York, Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse travels to Washington and sees whom?
(a) Chief of Navigational Planning, Vice Admiral T. J. Miller; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President Rutherford B. Hayes.
(b) Director of Naval Archives, Christian Francis Stephenson; Secretary of State William Evarts; and Ulysses S. Grant.
(c) Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Admiral Daniel Ammen; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President Rutherford B. Hayes.
(d) Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Admiral Daniel Ammen; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President James A. Garfield.

9. Who rebuilds Colon after it goes up in flames, killing 18 and leaving some 8,000 homeless?
(a) "Seabees" (construction battalions of the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy).
(b) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
(c) French engineer officials.
(d) Railroad officials.

10. 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 Americans.
(b) The Nicaraguans.
(c) The Hawaiians.
(d) The Colombians.

11. The United States is granted exclusive right of transit across the Isthmus of Panama upon the signing of what document with Colombia in 1846?
(a) The Panamanian Isthmus Pact.
(b) The Panama Canal Charter.
(c) The Bidlack Treaty.
(d) The Atlantic and Pacific Accord.

12. 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 Bureau of Science and Engineering (BSE).
(d) The Interoceanic Canal Commission (ICC).

13. What are the three main routes from the East to the West coasts of the U.S. in January of 1848, when gold is discovered in California?
(a) Across the North American continent, east around the Horn of Africa, and over the Isthmus of Panama.
(b) East around the Horn of Africa, around South America, and over the Isthmus of Panama.
(c) Across the North American continent, over the Isthmus of Panama, and east through the Suez Canal.
(d) Across the North American continent, east around the Horn of Africa, and through the Great Lakes and various western rivers of the North American continent.

14. 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) $20 million.
(b) $80 million.
(c) $60 million.
(d) $40 million.

15. As Panama shares slip in value by mid-1885, Ferdinand de Lesseps lies to the stockholders stating the task is how far accomplished?
(a) Over 50%.
(b) 33%.
(c) 40%.
(d) 50%.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Going past Panama swamp in late 1879, Ferdinand de Lesseps and others reach a huge, iron bridge washed out by the worst recorded flood at Barbacoas, so they cross the river how to board another train?

4. The liquidator's ordering a halt to work on the Isthmus instigates what among workers and shareholders?

5. The Chamber of Deputies is lobbied by stockholders to grant a Suez-style lottery bond issue proposed by Ferdinand de Lesseps, and he announces what?

(see the answer keys)

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