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

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

3. 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) Admits in hindsight it was impulsive.
(c) He had to take quick action, or none at all.
(d) Maintains it was not impulsive.

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. Marie Gorgas provides the best impressions of the American era in Panama, noting Colon is "unspeakably dirty" and depressing and the jungle is what?
(a) Horrifically dangerous.
(b) Dark and suffocating.
(c) Full of disease and wild animals.
(d) Astonishingly beautiful.

9. "The Man with the Sun in His Eyes," the subtitle for Chapter 18, refers to Theodore Roosevelt's 1906 visit to the isthmus, where he takes everything in how?
(a) It was his initial experience outside the U.S.
(b) Absorbing all during the daytime.
(c) Blinded by the sprucing up for his viewing.
(d) With childlike enthusiasm.

10. The average death rate in the final year among whites is 2.06 per thousand, and what per thousand among blacks?
(a) 6.11.
(b) 4.85.
(c) 3.51.
(d) 8.23.

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

12. 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?
(a) Colombia ignoring Panama's king.
(b) Colombia not dealing fairly with Chile.
(c) Colombia being greedy.
(d) Nicaragua sending forces into Panama.

13. 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?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1906.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1905.

14. 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) 12.
(c) 10.
(d) 6.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. The "Great Panic" in the Canal Zone results in what?

2. 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?

3. Who is hired as America's first chief engineer for the canal project, with the understanding he need not move to the isthmus?

4. The Canal Record, reliable in most respects, includes nothing about what?

5. No sitting President has left the country before, so what is the reaction when Theodore Roosevelt announces he will visit Panama?

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