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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Phillippe Banau-Varilla's Cincinnati civic speech of building a shorter, cheaper alternate to Nicaragua, glosses over mudslides, disease, his stock holdings, and adds what new theme to the debate?
(a) Nicaragua's political uneasiness.
(b) Nicaragua's recurring forest fires.
(c) Panama's lack of volcanoes.
(d) Panama's lack of pending revolution.

2. 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) British delegate Sir John Stokes.
(b) Colombian delegate Pedro Sosa.
(c) Mexican delegate Francisco de Garay.
(d) Dutch delegate Jacob Dirks.

3. The liquidator's ordering a halt to work on the Isthmus instigates what among workers and shareholders?
(a) They want to forget it.
(b) Violent riots.
(c) A run on financial institutions.
(d) Polite petition for redress.

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

5. 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) 7.
(b) 19.
(c) 3.
(d) 12.

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

7. Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse sails back to New York in early 1879 to buy the Panama Railroad Company, but its president is the major stockholder with the leverage to demand what price?
(a) $200 per share, two times the market value.
(b) $300 per share, three times the market value.
(c) $100 per share, full market value.
(d) $400 per share, four times the market value.

8. What 100+ edition, 1,000+ page book holding Jews responsible for all woes appears in 1886, and when the Compagnie Universelle fails, whose "history" of the firm is a best seller in 1890?
(a) Ydouard Drumont's La France Juive and La Derniire Bataille.
(b) General Boulanger's La France Juive and La Derniire Bataille.
(c) Madame de Bonnemains' La France Juive and La Derniire Bataille.
(d) Ferdinand de Lesseps' La France Juive and La Derniire Bataille.

9. 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, six years to pay the rest.
(b) 50% down, six years to pay the rest.
(c) 25% down, balance in equal monthly payments for three years.
(d) 25% down, five years to pay the rest.

10. Phillippe Banau-Varilla goes to the "Lion's Cage," the home of John T. Morgan, and it almost comes to blows when Morgan terms Panama as what?
(a) The "endless mudslide."
(b) "The French Connection."
(c) "Panama paranoia."
(d) A "rotten project."

11. 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?
(a) Gaston Blanchet.
(b) Baron de Lypinay.
(c) A. G. Menocal.
(d) Armand Rycus.

12. Lieutenants Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse and Armand Reclus plan a sea-level canal for Central America between Wyse's 1878 and 1879 visits to Washington, while Ferdinand de Lesseps does what?
(a) Accompanies Wyse to Washington and New York in early 1879.
(b) Returns to the Suez Canal after ten years to examine it for stability and engineering techniques.
(c) Sails for the Isthmus of Panama.
(d) Organizes the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique.

13. In late 1879, Ferdinand de Lesseps initiates publication of what propaganda organ?
(a) Journal avante de Partie du Monde.
(b) Bulletin du Canal Interocyanique.
(c) Enregistrons du Corridoir Centre Amerique.
(d) Gazette du Canal a Travers Panama.

14. 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.

15. 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) Equally difficult to Suez.
(c) Ten times more difficult than Suez.
(d) Twice as difficult as Suez.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first event after the Morgan Commission that changes in favor of Panama, is Theodore Roosevelt reading news of how an audience, of civil engineers listening to Irving M. Scott in New York, does what?

2. What is U.S. delegate Admiral Ammen's view of the American canal plan, given at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique, with a 1,900 foot viaduct over the Chagres River, 12 locks at each end, and costing $94.6 million?

3. What do closed subcommittees at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris establish that the Nicaragua canal route is?

4. 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?

5. Ferdinand de Lesseps is from a family entrenched in the diplomatic services, which he enters at age 19, and he becomes interested in construction of canals when?

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