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

2. 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 in the service industries only.
(c) Black labor, both in construction and in the vast service industries.
(d) Black labor in construction only.

3. 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 15-ton construction tractor for 20 minutes.
(c) Takes the wheel of a loaded dump truck and dumps it on a train.
(d) Takes controls of a 95-ton Bucyrus steam shovel for 20 minutes.

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

5. Panama Patchwork is a publication by James Stanley Gilbert containing what?
(a) A magazine arising in competition with George W. Goethals' Canal Record.
(b) Poems about disease, alcoholism, death, futility.
(c) A daily newspaper designed for a black audience.
(d) A Sunday newspaper with letters, poetry, stories, other contributions.

6. 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) $3 million.
(c) $2 million.
(d) $1 million.

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

8. How have George W. Goethals' successors followed his aesthetic and military decision by allowing the jungle to get how close to the shore?
(a) Return to the shore.
(b) Maintain a 100-meter barrier.
(c) Maintain a 25-meter barrier.
(d) Maintain a 50-meter barrier.

9. 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.

10. The great dam at Gatun, that is 15 times wider at the base than it is high, is how difficult to construct?
(a) Unbelievably difficult.
(b) Almost impossible.
(c) Surprisingly easy.
(d) Moderately hard.

11. 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.

12. "Adventure by Trigonometry" is the subtitle of Chapter 12, detailing how the U.S. moves from what to what?
(a) Talking with Colombia, but covertly readying support for Panamanian revolution.
(b) Talking with Panama, but covertly readying support for a revolution there.
(c) Talking with Nicaragua, but covertly readying support for Panamanian revolution.
(d) Talking with Panama, but covertly readying support for Colombian revolution.

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

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

15. 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) Thomas Roosevelt.
(c) Ferdinand de Lesseps.
(d) John Stevens.

Short Answer Questions

1. The average death rate in the final year among whites is 2.06 per thousand, and what per thousand among blacks?

2. 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?

3. How many years does it take to build the locks?

4. Lieutenant Colonel William Crawford Gorgas, despite opposition from bureaucrats, maintains the biggest challenge is what?

5. What is the key to the lock enterprise?

(see the answer keys)

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