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

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

3. What is the main issue impeding fumigation in U.S. facilities?
(a) Lack of newsprint to seal buildings.
(b) Lack of devices to dispense fumes.
(c) Lack of chemical fumigants.
(d) Climate is too humid.

4. John Stevens is scheduled to accompany William H. Taft to the Philippines to advise on railroad construction, when who urges John Stevens to go to Panama as John Findley Wallace's successor?
(a) Charles F. Magoon.
(b) William N. Cromwell.
(c) John Findley Wallace.
(d) Theodore Perry Shonts.

5. 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?
(a) $1 million.
(b) $2 million.
(c) $4 million.
(d) $3 million.

6. 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.

7. How have George W. Goethals' successors followed his aesthetic and military decision by allowing the jungle to get how close to the shore?
(a) Maintain a 50-meter barrier.
(b) Return to the shore.
(c) Maintain a 100-meter barrier.
(d) Maintain a 25-meter barrier.

8. The "Great Panic" in the Canal Zone results in what?
(a) A demand for outgoing trains that cannot be kept up with.
(b) An exodus of Panamanians to Nicaragua.
(c) A demand for outgoing boats that cannot be kept up with.
(d) An exodus of service personnel back to their homelands.

9. A movement begins in Panama in July 1903, as 25-26 gather to talk revolution, including which leaders?
(a) William Cromwell, Phillippe Banau-Varilla, and Carlos Constantino Arosemena.
(b) Jose Agustin Arango, Carlos Constantino Arosemena, and Herbert G. Prescott.
(c) Phillippe Banau-Varilla, Jose Agustin Arango, and Henry G. Prescott.
(d) Phillippe Banau-Varilla, Jose Agustin Arango, and Carlos Constantino Arosemena.

10. William Crawford Gorgas gathers data on how weather and topography affect Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malarial parasite to humans, and discovers what?
(a) Direct sunlight, rain, and strong air currents have no effect on them.
(b) Direct sunlight and rain are lethal to them, strong air currents are not.
(c) Direct sunlight and strong air currents are lethal to them, rain is not.
(d) Direct sunlight, rain, and strong air currents are lethal to them.

11. When William Howard Taft succeeds Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, the canal project is how far completed?
(a) 85%.
(b) 50%.
(c) 75%.
(d) 35%.

12. What does Theodore Roosevelt stress in his autobiography as to his action in Panama?.
(a) Maintains it was not impulsive.
(b) Admits in hindsight it was impulsive.
(c) He had to take quick action, or none at all.
(d) It was not impulsive, the situation called for quick action.

13. John Walker does not accept the mosquito theory and insists the solution is what?
(a) Staying indoors from damp air at night and bathing regularly.
(b) Getting rid of garbage, painting houses, and paving streets.
(c) Swimming in salt water when possible and not eating local foods.
(d) Getting rid of garbage and staying indoors from damp air at night.

14. Who orders commissaries established immediately, even if this will violate agreements with Panama?
(a) Theodore Roosevelt.
(b) William Howard Taft.
(c) John Stevens.
(d) Theodore Perry Shonts.

15. Who pays Colombia $25 million in indemnities in 1925?
(a) Warren G. Harding.
(b) Calvin Coolidge.
(c) Woodrow Wilson.
(d) William Howard Taft.

Short Answer Questions

1. How fast before the canal becomes a smooth, quiet operation, free from the drama and hoopla characteristic of earlier years?

2. No sitting President has left the country before, so what is the reaction when Theodore Roosevelt announces he will visit Panama?

3. Who outmaneuvers the Panamanians into giving the U.S. greater rights in the Canal Zone than it wants?

4. What is the focus of attention in the final stages?

5. Social life in the Canal Zone during George W. Goethals' era is best described how?

(see the answer keys)

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