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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. Before leaving Panama for New York en route to Paris, Ferdinand de Lesseps dismisses all talk regarding the deadly jungle climate and maintains what about the task?
(a) It will be easier than Suez.
(b) It will be easier than Suez, but take longer.
(c) It will be no harder than Suez.
(d) It will be more difficult than Suez.

2. When is the rainy season and how much is dropped along the line cutting through seven miles of swamps and marsh, beyond Gatun?
(a) June-October, 175-185 inches annually.
(b) May-September, 100-110 inches annually.
(c) July-November, 50-60 inches annually.
(d) May-December, 120-130 inches annually.

3. Days after Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique of 1879 concludes, Ferdinand de Lesseps is behind 270 rich investors who are to receive what upon a firm being legally established?
(a) Names inscribed on the Panama Canal Monument.
(b) Property in Panama along the canal route. at bargain prices.
(c) Tax benefits in France for investing in Panama.
(d) Founding shares at a bargain price.

4. Although Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse completes his trip to Bogota, Colombia, in mid-May of 1878, and subsequently conducts a preliminary trip to Nicaragua, where does the lieutenant travel next?
(a) New York.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) New Orleans.

5. Ferdinand de Lesseps briefly speaks at the Technical Commission's initial business session on January 6, 1880, then leaves it to rubber stamp what he wants in a 300-page report calling for what?
(a) Sea-level canal, Chagres River dam, and Pacific tidal lock and breakwater.
(b) Sea-level canal, Rio Grande dam, and Pacific tidal lock and breakwater.
(c) Sea-level canal, Rio Obispo dam, and Pacific tidal lock and breakwater.
(d) Sea-level canal, Chagres River dam, and Gulf of Mexico tidal lock and breakwater.

Short Answer Questions

1. In June of 1881, Ferdinand de Lesseps pays Park's price, that has increased $200 per share to $250 cash, consuming how much of the company's resources?

2. The first event after the Morgan Commission that changes in favor of Panama, is Theodore Roosevelt reading news of how an audience, of civil engineers listening to Irving M. Scott in New York, does what?

3. Ferdinand de Lesseps' second attempt at going public, is the largest financial endeavor yet, with each share ($100) representing a year's income for half of France's working class, but may be bought how?

4. What do closed subcommittees at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris establish that the Nicaragua canal route is?

5. In what way does author David McCullough find all early 19th-century canal plans preposterous?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it that Ferdinand de Lesseps takes on doing the Suez Canal?

2. What transpires when newspaper headlines proclaim the "Great Canal Crash" to readers around the world?

3. Why is it yellow fever causes instant panic in comparison to other tropical diseases?

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

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

6. In Chapter 1 of his book, David McCullough views a number of expeditions that were made in Central America in the early 19th-century looking for the ideal route, but what did he find as common to every canal proposal?

7. Who are the three prominent directors of the Turr Syndicate and what are their backgrounds?

8. What role does Chicago Times-Herald reporter Walter Wellman play in the Central American canal scenario?

9. What is the professional path for potential French civil engineers in the 19th-century?

10. Among the earliest authoritative studies, the Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain, published in 1811, is sketchy about a number of things, but is adamant about what?

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