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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. How fast before the canal becomes a smooth, quiet operation, free from the drama and hoopla characteristic of earlier years?
(a) Decades later.
(b) Very slowly.
(c) Slowly.
(d) Quickly.

2. Theodore Roosevelt times his visit to experience it when?
(a) Height of rainy season.
(b) Panama's Revolution Day.
(c) Height of dry season.
(d) Between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

3. 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) 1904.
(b) 1905.
(c) 1903.
(d) 1906.

4. 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) John Stevens.
(c) Thomas Roosevelt.
(d) Ferdinand de Lesseps.

5. A movement begins in Panama in July 1903, as 25-26 gather to talk revolution, including which leaders?
(a) Phillippe Banau-Varilla, Jose Agustin Arango, and Carlos Constantino Arosemena.
(b) Jose Agustin Arango, Carlos Constantino Arosemena, and Herbert G. Prescott.
(c) William Cromwell, Phillippe Banau-Varilla, and Carlos Constantino Arosemena.
(d) Phillippe Banau-Varilla, Jose Agustin Arango, and Henry G. Prescott.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the key to the lock enterprise?

2. George W. Goethals allows employees to air grievances where?

3. Who lives to read about the opening of the Panama Canal in their quiet retirements?

4. Manuel Amador looking to improve sanitation and end centuries of plague, invests what amount of U.S. $10 million payment into urgent public works projects?

5. Transfer of the Canal Zone on May 4, 1904, is not ceremonial as Lieutenant Mark Brooke receives keys to the storehouses and hospital, signs a receipt, and the U.S. flag is raised where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rather than shutting the project down, what are some of the thing implemented by the authoritative new chairman of the ICC, Theodore Perry Shonts?

2. Which of the three presidents that the Panama Canal is built under is most crucial to it?

3. What is Panama's social structure like?

4. What is it about May 4, 1904, that makes it a significant date in the history of the Canal Zone?

5. 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?

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

7. On what issue in the Canal Zone does Theodore Roosevelt place his utmost priority?

8. What is historically significant for Panama about January 15, 1904?

9. What does George Washington Goethals do after the canal is completed?

10. What is the design of the largest moving part of the canal system?

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