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 Sunday newspaper with letters, poetry, stories, other contributions.
(b) A daily newspaper designed for a black audience.
(c) Poems about disease, alcoholism, death, futility.
(d) A magazine arising in competition with George W. Goethals' Canal Record.

2. George W. Goethals starts a weekly newspaper, the Canal Record, for what purpose?
(a) Use as a sealant of buildings in preparation for fumigation.
(b) Use as a propaganda tool intended to keep laborers steadfast.
(c) A valid newspaper designed to appeal to all employees, black and white.
(d) Give an accurate, up-to-date picture of the progress.

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

4. A Panamanian National Constitutional Convention is held on January 15, 1904, and a National Assembly elects whom as President?
(a) Carlos Constantino Arosemena.
(b) Jose Agustin Arango.
(c) Maurice Banau-Varilla.
(d) Manuel Amador.

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

6. When is the Hay-Herran Treaty signed?
(a) February 21, 1903.
(b) January 21, 1903.
(c) April 23, 1903.
(d) March 21, 1903.

7. Why, on November 1, 1903, do Manuel Amador and a colleague let Colonel James Shaler know Colombian troops are approaching?
(a) To get more troops transported in for support.
(b) To get more arms, supplies, and troops brought in.
(c) To get rolling stock safely moved to Panama City.
(d) To get more arms and supplies brought in.

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

9. 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) Completing a task decades in the making.
(c) "Vanquishing of pestilence."
(d) Connecting the massive Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

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

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

12. 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) Ferdinand de Lesseps.
(b) John Stevens.
(c) Himself.
(d) Thomas Roosevelt.

13. When does the Pacific fleet pass through the Panama Canal relative to Theodore Roosevelt's death, and does he view it?
(a) Just months following Theodore Roosevelt's death, he cannot.
(b) Just months before Theodore Roosevel's death, he does not.
(c) Several years before Theodore Roosevelt's death, he does.
(d) Just weeks before Theodore Roosevelt's death, he does not.

14. Dr. William Henry Welch of Johns Hopkins Medical School convinces Theodore Roosevelt to assign a sanitary officer. Why is Welch's former student, William Crawford Gorgas, chosen?
(a) He survived yellow fever, making him immune to it thereafter.
(b) He is the most senior U.S. medical officer with experience in the jungle.
(c) His mentor was General Walter Reed, a senior U.S. Army physician.
(d) He is the foremost U.S. authority on tropical disease.

15. George W. Goethals allows employees to air grievances where?
(a) A summary court similar to lowest level of U.S. military three-level courts martial system.
(b) At the Sunday morning court of appeals and in the Canal Record letters to the editor.
(c) A Saturday three-man review board consisting of two supervisors and one equal level employee.
(d) The Canal Record letters to the editor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Crews respond by competing how to top the published excavation statistics?

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

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

4. 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?

5. John Stevens feels the Panama Canal can be completed by January 1914, but doubts a sea- level version can be prior to what year?

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