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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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) Twice as difficult as Suez.
(d) Ten times more difficult than Suez.
2. The Morgan Committee rejects the Walker Commission recommendations, the Senate debates the issues for two weeks, and Mt. Pelye's explosion and a Nicaraguan stamp turn odds how?
(a) 100-1 odds against Panama into a narrow 42-34 win.
(b) 10-1 odds against Panama into a narrow 42-34 win.
(c) 50-1 odds against Panama into a narrow 42-34 win.
(d) 75-1 odds against Panama into a narrow 42-34 win.
3. 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 Orleans.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) New York.
4. 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 engineering complexities of a sea-level canal through Panama.
(c) The time it would take to complete a sea-level canal in Panama as it would elsewhere.
(d) The relief of the terrain.
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 Panama Steam Line Corporation.
(d) The San Francisco-Boston Railway.
6. Which survivors enjoy lifelong immunity from the disease that comes and goes in waves?
(a) Chagres fever.
(c) Yellow fever.
7. What happens to Lt. Isaac Strain's expeditionary party in 1850 when attempting to locate a potential path at the Isthmus of Darien?
(a) The party identifies two locations deemed viable.
(b) They nearly perishes.
(c) The party is successful with no loss of life.
(d) The party is a total loss.
8. The Compagnie Universelle incorporates on March 3, 1881, with whom as officers?
(a) Henri Bionne, President; Charles de Lesseps, Secretary General; and Ferdinand de Lesseps, Director.
(b) Ferdinand de Lesseps, President; Henri Bionne, Secretary General; and Charles de Lesseps, Director.
(c) Ferdinand de Lesseps, President; Charles de Lesseps, Secretary General; and Henri Bionne, Director.
(d) Charles de Lesseps, President; Henri Bionne, Secretary General; and Ferdinand de Lesseps, Director.
9. 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 have not lost a case yet."
(c) "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that."
(d) "I don't have time to waste."
10. 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?
(a) In the late 1830s while posted in Venice.
(b) In the late 1820s while posted in Holland.
(c) In the 1830s while posted in Egypt.
(d) In the 1840s while posted in Prussia.
11. 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?
(a) No less than 9 years.
(b) No less than 10 years.
(c) Noless than 7 years.
(d) No less than 11 years.
12. 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 malaria, three died, and he calls for a nine-mile tunnel.
(b) All had cholera, six died in the jungle, and two died on the return trip at sea.
(c) All had heat stroke, one was temporarily insane, and two died.
(d) All had yellow fever, one died, and two remained to pan for gold in the Bogotá River.
13. The 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique Technical Committe hears proposals for how many passage sites before focusing on the Americans' Nicaraguan and the Wyse plans?
14. 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?
(a) He will accompany noted engineer, Armand Rousseau, to independently inspect.
(b) He will inspect Panama personally.
(c) A new director general will accompany noted engineer, Armand Rousseau, to independently inspect.
(d) He will send noted engineer, Armand Rousseau, to independently inspect.
15. 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) 50% down, six years to pay the rest.
(b) 25% down, balance in equal monthly payments for three years.
(c) 25% down, six years to pay the rest.
(d) 25% down, five years to pay the rest.
Short Answer Questions
1. 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?
2. 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?
3. To eliminate rumors he is terminally ill, Ferdinand de Lesseps goes where?
4. In what way does author David McCullough find all early 19th-century canal plans preposterous?
5. 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?
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