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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Both Napoleonic types, Philippe Banau-Varilla and William Nelson Cromwell are the "Panama Lobby" spokesmen, the latter a corporate lawyer with a mystery reputation who pulls strings, what is his motto?
(a) "I have not lost a case yet."
(b) "Accidents don't happen."
(c) "I don't have time to waste."
(d) "If I had a nickel for every time I heard that."

2. A huge dam taming the Chagres changes the slope, increasing the "cube" excavation by how much?
(a) 75%.
(b) 30%.
(c) 60%.
(d) 100%.

3. Who offers a solution letting Ferdinand de Lesseps extract himself honorably and gain income from tolls coming in?
(a) Philippe Banau-Varilla.
(b) Pierre Tirard.
(c) H. B. Slaven.
(d) Charles de Lesseps.

4. The 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique Technical Committe hears proposals for how many passage sites before focusing on the Americans' Nicaraguan and the Wyse plans?
(a) 24.
(b) 14.
(c) 6.
(d) 19.

5. Yeas were primarily French, yet A.G. Menocal's analysis of the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique canal site vote showed how many were French Society of Engineers members?
(a) None.
(b) 3.
(c) 1.
(d) 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Compagnie Universelle incorporates on March 3, 1881, with whom as officers?

2. Which survivors enjoy lifelong immunity from the disease that comes and goes in waves?

3. Which investigative group of the Panama Affair holds 63 sessions, receives 158 depositions, complies over 1,000 dossiers, but issues a report that embarrasses no colleagues?

4. The results of Commander Selfridge's initial orders for exploration in Central America in 1870, together with those of an additional six expeditions, were to be submitted for appraisal to which agency?

5. On March 10, 1902, the Morgan Committee reports out the Hepburn Bill favorably, recommending what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly, who is Edouard Drumont?

2. What is the most important committee, and how does Ferdinand de Lesseps steer it?

3. What takes place in Havana, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War of 1898 that encourages Theodore Roosevelt in his zeal for a canal in Central America?

4. How do the French account for 1/3 of all their canal digging?

5. It is stated the Navy recalls 1850 because Lt. Isaac Strain and his party nearly perish trying to locate a path at Darien, yet what are other reasons beyond that?

6. What critical things transpire in regard to the French canal project in July 1886?

7. What are the essential elements, pros and cons, to A.G. Menocal's canal proposal?

8. Who is Rear Adm. John Grimes Walker?

9. What are some of the problems author David McCullouch finds Ferdinand de Lesseps has as being key to his failure?

10. As the Morgan Committee rejects the recommendations of the Walker Commission, what are the rumors that are circulating around Washington?

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