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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In November 1881, who dies the apparent victim of malaria, the most common tropical disease?
(a) Henri Bionnr.
(b) Gaston Blanchet.
(c) Lieutenant Reclus.
(d) Abel Couvreux.

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

3. Who is the Turr Syndicate directed by?
(a) Colonel Istvan Turr, Lord Jacques de Reinach, and Admiral Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse.
(b) General Istvan Turr, Baron Jacques de Reinach, and Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse.
(c) General Istvan Turr, Baron Jacques de Reinach, and Commander Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse.
(d) Baron Istvan Turr, Commodore Jacques de Reinach, and Captain Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse.

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

5. 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) Faster than expected in the dry season.
(d) Much slower than expected in the dry season.

6. 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) Diplomatic functionaries, not authorized voting delegates.
(c) Official Navy Department observers, not authorized delegates.
(d) Authorized delegates, not diplomatic functionaries.

7. Chapter 8 summarizes what evolves in the courtrooms and subsequent to massive corporate collapse that affects how many French investors?
(a) 800,000.
(b) 750,000.
(c) 500,000.
(d) Over 1 million.

8. 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, over the Isthmus of Panama, and east through the Suez Canal.
(b) East around the Horn of Africa, around South America, and over the Isthmus of Panama.
(c) 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.
(d) Across the North American continent, east around the Horn of Africa, and over the Isthmus of Panama.

9. When, on March 29, 1885, Haitian-born, xenophobic Pedro Prestan and a handful of barefoot followers take six U.S. hostages and demand guns, an American consul orders compliance; what happens next?
(a) Cmdr. Joseph L. Dow moves the gunboat Wachusett and takes control.
(b) Cmdr. George Burt moves the gunboat Shenandoah and takes control.
(c) Cmdr. William Connor moves the gunboat Tennessee and takes control.
(d) Cmdr. Theodore F. Kane moves the gunboat Galena and takes control.

10. Due to continuing slides, the "total cube" of the cut steadily increases, until it appears necessary for the top of the cut to be how far wide to achieve a mathematically stable 1:4 ratio?
(a) 1/2 mile.
(b) 3/4 mile.
(c) 4/5 mile.
(d) 1 mile.

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

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

13. A. G. Menocal tells the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique he had been in Panama in 1875 planning a sea-level canal, but abandoned that idea when he grasped what?
(a) The full impact of the Chagres River.
(b) The relief of the terrain.
(c) The time it would take to complete a sea-level canal in Panama as it would elsewhere.
(d) The engineering complexities of a sea-level canal through Panama.

14. 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.

15. 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) New York.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) New Orleans.
(d) Washington, D.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. An initial stock offering after the1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique goes poorly, so Ferdinand de Lesseps gives back investors' funds, has another issue offered, and declares what?

5. Ferdinand de Lesseps lost a son and a wife to cholera in Egypt and invests $7.1 million in hospitals that a Canadian doctor declares the best in the tropics, and an American, decades later, places where?

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