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

2. At the peak of U.S. work, on any given day, how many steam shovels were operating in the Cut?
(a) 30-40.
(b) 80-90.
(c) 50-60.
(d) 15-25.

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

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

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

6. What takes place subsequent to the arrival of Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens in Panama?
(a) Stevens becomes the irritating, authoritative master of the isthmus.
(b) Shonts becomes the irritating, authoritative master of the isthmus.
(c) Shonts becomes the easygoing, relaxed master of the isthmus..
(d) Stevens becomes the easygoing, relaxed master of the isthmus.

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

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

9. The Wallace/Stevens departmental system is replaced by what?
(a) Celestial, with each independent of another.
(b) Geographic divisions as in the French period.
(c) Multiple-level class system as in Mexico.
(d) Geological divisions with one atop another.

10. "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) Blinded by the sprucing up for his viewing.
(b) With childlike enthusiasm.
(c) Absorbing all during the daytime.
(d) It was his initial experience outside the U.S.

11. How many times does Theodore Roosevelt return to Panama to see the canal?
(a) 1.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) 0.

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

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) 1905.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1906.

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

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. When does the Pacific fleet pass through the Panama Canal relative to Theodore Roosevelt's death, and does he view it?

2. What is the key to the lock enterprise?

3. John Walker does not accept the mosquito theory and insists the solution is what?

4. Who heads the U.S. Army's medical service during World War I and dies in London in 1920?

5. 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?

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