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. The ICC's new Chairman, Theodore Perry Shonts, is best described how?
(a) Tollerant.
(b) Easygoing.
(c) Authoritative.
(d) Relaxed.

2. 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?
(a) Sends in the Marines to secure the railroad.
(b) Sends in the Army to secure the railroad.
(c) None, as he has no legislative approval.
(d) Dispatches a State Department negotiating team.

3. Lieutenant Colonel William Crawford Gorgas, despite opposition from bureaucrats, maintains the biggest challenge is what?
(a) The massive amount of paperwork required by Washington.
(b) Conquering yellow fever and malaria.
(c) Accepting a lock vice a sea-level plan.
(d) Getting rid of what is dug from the canal.

4. 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) Mexico.
(b) Panama.
(c) Colombia.
(d) Nicaragua.

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

6. 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) A daily newspaper designed for a black audience.
(d) Poems about disease, alcoholism, death, futility.

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

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

9. 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.

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

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

12. 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) Theodore Perry Shonts.
(b) John Findley Wallace.
(c) Charles F. Magoon.
(d) William N. Cromwell.

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

14. 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) $4 million.
(b) $1 million.
(c) $3 million.
(d) $2 million.

15. Thousands of articles create popular view of Canal Zone life, but make no mention of blacks, so government inspectors and fact-finders are amazed to see the entire project depends on what?
(a) Black labor in construction and Central American labor in the service industries.
(b) Black labor, both in construction and in the vast service industries.
(c) Black labor in construction only.
(d) Black labor in the service industries only.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Who lives to read about the opening of the Panama Canal in their quiet retirements?

3. 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?

4. Where does Manuel Amador send a coded telegram to on October 28, 1903?

5. When Josy Vincente Concha resigns in nervous exhaustion, he is replaced by career diplomat Tomas Herran, fluent in English and popular in Washington, and Herran proves to be what?

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