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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. What is U.S. delegate Admiral Ammen's view of the American canal plan, given at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique, with a 1,900 foot viaduct over the Chagres River, 12 locks at each end, and costing $94.6 million?
(a) Supports the proposal wholeheartedly.
(b) Declares the whole thing impractical.
(c) States it requires only minor modifications.
(d) Believes the cost estimate could be lowered somewhat.

2. In just over a decade in Panama, the French spend $287 million and expend how many lives?
(a) Some 42,000 lives.
(b) Some 22,000.
(c) Some 32,000 lives.
(d) Some 12,000.

3. Completed after ten years of construction in 1869, what is the significant engineering feat that shortens the trek from Europe to India by some 5,800 miles around the Horn of Africa?
(a) The Suez Highway.
(b) The Orient Express.
(c) The European-East Asian Transcontinental Highway.
(d) The Suez Canal.

4. On his 1879 trip to New York, Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse travels to Washington and sees whom?
(a) Director of Naval Archives, Christian Francis Stephenson; Secretary of State William Evarts; and Ulysses S. Grant.
(b) Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Admiral Daniel Ammen; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President James A. Garfield.
(c) Chief of Navigational Planning, Vice Admiral T. J. Miller; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President Rutherford B. Hayes.
(d) Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Admiral Daniel Ammen; Secretary of State William Evarts; and President Rutherford B. Hayes.

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, Rio Obispo dam, and Pacific tidal lock and breakwater.
(b) Sea-level canal, Chagres River dam, and Pacific tidal lock and breakwater.
(c) Sea-level canal, Rio Grande 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. What 100+ edition, 1,000+ page book holding Jews responsible for all woes appears in 1886, and when the Compagnie Universelle fails, whose "history" of the firm is a best seller in 1890?

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

3. Ferdinand de Lesseps' name comes up repeatedly before the Morgan Committee through March 1902, reportedly like a what?

4. Going past Panama swamp in late 1879, Ferdinand de Lesseps and others reach a huge, iron bridge washed out by the worst recorded flood at Barbacoas, so they cross the river how to board another train?

5. Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse negotiates a contract with Colombian President Aquileo Parra on March 23, 1878, including what conditions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Colon like, where Ferdinant de Lesseps' entourage begins their journey in Panama?

4. What do Ferdinand de Lesseps and his companions find in Panama City?

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

6. What is the result of Gaston Blanchet's proposal for a 400' wide swath to ease surveying?

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

8. What is the situation like in Panama when Phillippe Banau-Varilla is appointed acting director of the French project?

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

10. Briefly, who is Edouard Drumont?

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