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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Armand Rousseau's report declares abandoning the Panama project will harm French prestige and advocates what?
(a) Keep the sea-level plan and adopt the lottery proposal.
(b) Abandon both the sea-level plan for a lock proposal, and that a lottery is insufficient.
(c) Continue with the sea-level plan.
(d) Adopt the lottery proposal, but abandon the sea-level plan.

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

5. Jaques de Reinach is the "Micros" article's inside source, but Ydouard Drumont denies testifying, unless he is pardoned for what type of conviction keeping him in prison?
(a) Manslaughter.
(b) Libel.
(c) Burglary.
(d) Theft.

6. 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, five years to pay the rest.
(d) 25% down, balance in equal monthly payments for three years.

7. 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 Intercontinental Steamship Company.
(b) The Pacific Mail Steamship Company.
(c) The Union Pacific Steamship Corporation.
(d) The Atlantic-Pacific Steamship Company.

8. Ferdinand de Lesseps' name comes up repeatedly before the Morgan Committee through March 1902, reportedly like a what?
(a) Advertisement drive promoting the Panama canal.
(b) Specter warning against Americans getting mired in ruin.
(c) Bond drive in support of the Panamal canal.
(d) Call to join the nation's project at Panama in support of the U.S. Navy.

9. When is the sanitation problem remedied at Colon when the town burns to the ground?
(a) March 30, 1885.
(b) March 29, 1885.
(c) March 31, 1885.
(d) April 1, 1885.

10. When newspapers throughout the world announce "The Great Canal Crash," and deputies order the Compagnie Universelle into receivership, demonstrations across France espouse what?
(a) Protest against the company is staged across France.
(b) Mixed demonstrations pro and con are held across France.
(c) Popular support of the company is staged across France.
(d) Virtually no demonstrations occur.

11. 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 Colombians.
(c) The Nicaraguans.
(d) The Hawaiians.

12. Who ensures the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique opens in May, the best time to be in Paris, has final say as to the agenda, rules, committee make-up, and entertainment?
(a) Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
(b) Jules Flachet.
(c) Ferdinand de Lesseps.
(d) Admiral de La Ronciere-Le Noury.

13. What results from the six-month expedition led by Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse that leaves France in early November of 1876?
(a) All had cholera, six died in the jungle, and two died on the return trip at sea.
(b) All had yellow fever, one died, and two remained to pan for gold in the Bogot√° River.
(c) All had heat stroke, one was temporarily insane, and two died.
(d) All had malaria, three died, and he calls for a nine-mile tunnel.

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

15. 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 recurring forest fires.
(b) Nicaragua's political uneasiness.
(c) Panama's lack of pending revolution.
(d) Panama's lack of volcanoes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse negotiates a contract with Colombian President Aquileo Parra on March 23, 1878, including what conditions?

2. Sen. Spooner offers a Hepburn Bill amendment authorizing the President to acquire the Panama property and concessions for no more than $40 million, only if Colombia relinquishes what?

3. Upon their arrival in Panama in late 1879, Ferdinand de Lesseps and his group take the train into the jungle and enter the valley of what wide, brown, looping waterway?

4. 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?

5. What other term or phrase describes Phillippe Banau-Varilla besides bold, vain, personable, energetic, practical, and brilliant?

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