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. Who lives to read about the opening of the Panama Canal in their quiet retirements?
(a) Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Phillippe Banau-Varilla.
(b) Phillippe Banau-Varilla, Charles de Lesseps, and Dennis Hart Mahan.
(c) Ferdinand de Lesseps, Charles de Lesseps, and Phillippe Banau-Varilla.
(d) Charles de Lesseps, Dennis Hart Mahan, and Thomas O. Selfridge.

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

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

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

5. Transfer of the Canal Zone on May 4, 1904, is not ceremonial as Lieutenant Mark Brooke receives keys to the storehouses and hospital, signs a receipt, and the U.S. flag is raised where?
(a) At canal construction site near Panama City.
(b) Over a storeroom.
(c) Over a hospital.
(d) Over a hotel.

6. 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) John Findley Wallace.
(c) William N. Cromwell.
(d) Theodore Perry Shonts.

7. Theodore Roosevelt's ship arrives in Panama a day early, so as not to ruin John Steven's schedule, the Presidential party agrees to stay on board overnight, but in the morning the welcoming party finds what?
(a) Roosevelt's ship gone from port.
(b) Roosevelt having breakfast at a hotel.
(c) Roosevelt ashore exploring the waterfront.
(d) Rosevelt in the jungle on a hunting expedition.

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

9. 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 and rain are lethal to them, strong air currents are not.
(b) Direct sunlight, rain, and strong air currents have no effect on them.
(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.

10. John Stevens feels the Panama Canal can be completed by January 1914, but doubts a sea- level version can be prior to what year?
(a) 1921.
(b) 1919.
(c) 1916.
(d) 1924.

11. 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.

12. For American tourists crowding trains, as impressive as they find the Gatun Dam, locks, and Culebra Cut, what gives them the greatest patriotic pride?
(a) Greatest manmade structure to date.
(b) Connecting the massive Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
(c) Completing a task decades in the making.
(d) "Vanquishing of pestilence."

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

14. 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.

15. 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 controls of a 275-ton train steam engine for 20 minutes.
(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 the wheel of a loaded dump truck and dumps it on a train.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. A worker dies of bubonic plague on July 3, 1905, and William Crawford Gorgas immediately orders a campaign to eradicate what?

3. How have George W. Goethals' successors followed his aesthetic and military decision by allowing the jungle to get how close to the shore?

4. Why, on November 1, 1903, do Manuel Amador and a colleague let Colonel James Shaler know Colombian troops are approaching?

5. What is the main issue impeding fumigation in U.S. facilities?

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