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

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

3. 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 100-meter barrier.
(b) Maintain a 25-meter barrier.
(c) Maintain a 50-meter barrier.
(d) Return to the shore.

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

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

6. How fast before the canal becomes a smooth, quiet operation, free from the drama and hoopla characteristic of earlier years?
(a) Slowly.
(b) Quickly.
(c) Decades later.
(d) Very slowly.

7. John F. Wallace has a job offer he cannot say "no" to, but William H. Taft feels betrayed as he tailored the new ICC to his wishes, and confronts him to dress him down and demand a resignation where?
(a) Washington, D.C.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) New York.
(d) Panama City.

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

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

10. Theodore Roosevelt times his visit to experience it when?
(a) Height of rainy season.
(b) Height of dry season.
(c) Panama's Revolution Day.
(d) Between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

11. 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) "Vanquishing of pestilence."
(b) Connecting the massive Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
(c) Greatest manmade structure to date.
(d) Completing a task decades in the making.

12. When do Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens land without ceremony at Colon?
(a) December 15, 1905.
(b) December 15, 1906.
(c) July 26, 1904.
(d) July 26, 1905.

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

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

15. 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) Admits in hindsight it was impulsive.
(d) Maintains it was not impulsive.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. William Crawford Gorgas gathers data on how weather and topography affect Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malarial parasite to humans, and discovers what?

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

5. 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?

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