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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 the key to the lock enterprise?
(a) Pressurized air lifts gates and propels movement.
(b) Balancing gates through wide weight dispersal.
(c) Using water to make gates virtually weightless.
(d) Using aluminum in place of steel reduces weight.

2. Who is hired as America's first chief engineer for the canal project, with the understanding he need not move to the isthmus?
(a) Theodore Perry Shonts.
(b) George W. Goethals.
(c) John Findley Wallace.
(d) John Stevens.

3. Theodore Roosevelt declares he would have recommended the Congress take possession of the isthmus had the Panamanians not revolted, as which nation is not a responsible power?
(a) Mexico.
(b) Panama.
(c) Nicaragua.
(d) Colombia.

4. John Stevens feels the Panama Canal can be completed by January 1914, but doubts a sea- level version can be prior to what year?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1916.
(c) 1921.
(d) 1924.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Social life in the Canal Zone during George W. Goethals' era is best described how?

2. How many years does it take to build the locks?

3. 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?

4. Crews respond by competing how to top the published excavation statistics?

5. What is the main issue impeding fumigation in U.S. facilities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is occurring during the initial stage of U.S. efforts in Panama that culminates in a 1905 event?

2. What critical event can be associated with Theodore Roosevelt and the date of January 4, 1904?

3. George Washington Goethals did not have the easy way with people as his predecessor John Stevens did, so what steps did he take for effective leadership?

4. How is it the U.S. must come to grips with Article 35 of the Bidack Treaty in regard to Panama?

5. What takes place in early 1907 that seals John Stevens' fate as chief engineer?

6. What is the focus of attention from 1907-1913?

7. Why is the initial Chief Engineer, John F. Wallace, let go?

8. What would be an accurate description of John Stevens, the second chief engineer in Panama?

9. What is Panama's social structure like?

10. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

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