The Path Between the Seas Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What takes place subsequent to the arrival of Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens in Panama?
(a) Shonts becomes the easygoing, relaxed master of the isthmus..
(b) Stevens becomes the easygoing, relaxed master of the isthmus.
(c) Shonts becomes the irritating, authoritative master of the isthmus.
(d) Stevens becomes the irritating, authoritative master of the isthmus.

2. The Hay-Banau-Varilla Treaty resembles Hay-Herran in wording, but expands the width of the Canal Zone to how many miles?
(a) 6.
(b) 10.
(c) 12.
(d) 8.

3. The Wallace/Stevens departmental system is replaced by what?
(a) Geographic divisions as in the French period.
(b) Multiple-level class system as in Mexico.
(c) Celestial, with each independent of another.
(d) Geological divisions with one atop another.

4. What is the key to the lock enterprise?
(a) Using water to make gates virtually weightless.
(b) Balancing gates through wide weight dispersal.
(c) Pressurized air lifts gates and propels movement.
(d) Using aluminum in place of steel reduces weight.

5. Where does Manuel Amador send a coded telegram to on October 28, 1903?
(a) Panama City.
(b) New York.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) Washington, D.C.

6. Why, on November 1, 1903, do Manuel Amador and a colleague let Colonel James Shaler know Colombian troops are approaching?
(a) To get more arms and supplies brought in.
(b) To get more troops transported in for support.
(c) To get more arms, supplies, and troops brought in.
(d) To get rolling stock safely moved to Panama City.

7. "Adventure by Trigonometry" is the subtitle of Chapter 12, detailing how the U.S. moves from what to what?
(a) Talking with Panama, but covertly readying support for Colombian revolution.
(b) Talking with Nicaragua, but covertly readying support for Panamanian revolution.
(c) Talking with Panama, but covertly readying support for a revolution there.
(d) Talking with Colombia, but covertly readying support for Panamanian revolution.

8. At the peak of U.S. work, on any given day, how many steam shovels were operating in the Cut?
(a) 80-90.
(b) 30-40.
(c) 15-25.
(d) 50-60.

9. What is the focus of attention in the final stages?
(a) Improvement in conditions.
(b) Canal size.
(c) Dam.
(d) Locks.

10. How many times does Theodore Roosevelt return to Panama to see the canal?
(a) 0.
(b) 3.
(c) 1.
(d) 2.

11. Modest progress is made under Chief Engineer John Findley Wallace, but ends when a medley of tropical diseases results in a "Great Panic" and exodus of American engineers in what year?
(a) 1904.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1906.

12. Panama Patchwork is a publication by James Stanley Gilbert containing what?
(a) Poems about disease, alcoholism, death, futility.
(b) A magazine arising in competition with George W. Goethals' Canal Record.
(c) A daily newspaper designed for a black audience.
(d) A Sunday newspaper with letters, poetry, stories, other contributions.

13. Why is marriage encouraged in the Canal Zone?
(a) Fewer workers involved in disturbances after hours.
(b) Stabilizes workers' lives.
(c) Reduces sick rate.
(d) Lower rate of workers wanting vacation time.

14. Who outmaneuvers the Panamanians into giving the U.S. greater rights in the Canal Zone than it wants?
(a) Theodore Roosevelt.
(b) Tomas Herran.
(c) Phillippe Banau-Varilla.
(d) William Nelson Cromwell.

15. Theodore Roosevelt declares he would have recommended the Congress take possession of the isthmus had the Panamanians not revolted, as which nation is not a responsible power?
(a) Mexico.
(b) Colombia.
(c) Panama.
(d) Nicaragua.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who pays Colombia $25 million in indemnities in 1925?

2. Manuel Amador looking to improve sanitation and end centuries of plague, invests what amount of U.S. $10 million payment into urgent public works projects?

3. What three men is the lock design and engineering largely the work of?

4. For an overall view of the Gatun dam site, Theodore Roosevelt races up the hillside and takes a look, and then the most famous moment of his trip takes place when Roosevelt does what?

5. The average death rate in the final year among whites is 2.06 per thousand, and what per thousand among blacks?

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