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. 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?
(a) Takes the wheel of a loaded dump truck and dumps it on a train.
(b) Takes controls of a 95-ton Bucyrus steam shovel for 20 minutes.
(c) Takes controls of a 15-ton construction tractor for 20 minutes.
(d) Takes controls of a 275-ton train steam engine for 20 minutes.

2. Marie Gorgas provides the best impressions of the American era in Panama, noting Colon is "unspeakably dirty" and depressing and the jungle is what?
(a) Astonishingly beautiful.
(b) Full of disease and wild animals.
(c) Horrifically dangerous.
(d) Dark and suffocating.

3. In a special message to Congress on January 4, 1904, Theodore Roosevelt claims what nation violates a U.S. mandate to build the canal, the "great design" of the 1846 treaty to secure its construction?
(a) Nicaragua.
(b) Colombia.
(c) Panama.
(d) Mexico.

4. No sitting President has left the country before, so what is the reaction when Theodore Roosevelt announces he will visit Panama?
(a) Limited support or approval.
(b) Uncertainty in the U.S.
(c) No concern for or against in Panama.
(d) Great excitement.

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

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

7. When Phillippe Banau-Varilla resigns as Panamanian envoy, resumes publishing Le Matin, and asks the salary due him be reserved to build a monument to whom?
(a) Himself.
(b) John Stevens.
(c) Ferdinand de Lesseps.
(d) Thomas Roosevelt.

8. What three men is the lock design and engineering largely the work of?
(a) Edward Schildhauer, Henry Goldmark, and William H. Welch.
(b) Charles de Lesseps, Edward Schildhauer, and Henry Goldmark.
(c) George W. Goethals, Henry Goldmark, and Lt. Col. Hodges.
(d) Lieutenant Colonel Hodges, Edward Schildhauer, and Henry Goldmark.

9. How many years does it take to build the locks?
(a) 6.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 5.

10. Crews respond by competing how to top the published excavation statistics?
(a) Uncompetitively.
(b) Mediocrely.
(c) Fiercely.
(d) Moderately.

11. Who serves as quartermaster general during World War I, finishes his career on Wall Street, and is buried at West Point in 1928?
(a) George W. Goethals.
(b) Theodore Perry Shonts.
(c) John Findley Wallace.
(d) John Stevens.

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

13. William Cromwell, on June 13, 1903, leaks to the New York World paper he had a talk with Theodore Roosevelt about recognizing a secessionist Republic of Panama should what continue?
(a) Nicaragua sending forces into Panama.
(b) Colombia being greedy.
(c) Colombia not dealing fairly with Chile.
(d) Colombia ignoring Panama's king.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many times does Theodore Roosevelt return to Panama to see the canal?

2. For American tourists crowding trains, as impressive as they find the Gatun Dam, locks, and Culebra Cut, what gives them the greatest patriotic pride?

3. The ICC's new Chairman, Theodore Perry Shonts, is best described how?

4. Who heads the U.S. Army's medical service during World War I and dies in London in 1920?

5. In the fall of 1902 as discussions of Canal Zone sovereignty reach a critical point, civil war erupts on the Isthmus and Theodore Roosevelt takes what action?

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