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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. The great dam at Gatun, that is 15 times wider at the base than it is high, is how difficult to construct?
(a) Surprisingly easy.
(b) Almost impossible.
(c) Moderately hard.
(d) Unbelievably difficult.

2. 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) 1906.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1905.

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?
(a) He survived yellow fever, making him immune to it thereafter.
(b) He is the foremost U.S. authority on tropical disease.
(c) He is the most senior U.S. medical officer with experience in the jungle.
(d) His mentor was General Walter Reed, a senior U.S. Army physician.

4. When do Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens land without ceremony at Colon?
(a) December 15, 1906.
(b) December 15, 1905.
(c) July 26, 1904.
(d) July 26, 1905.

5. Crews respond by competing how to top the published excavation statistics?
(a) Fiercely.
(b) Moderately.
(c) Mediocrely.
(d) Uncompetitively.

Short Answer Questions

1. The average death rate in the final year among whites is 2.06 per thousand, and what per thousand among blacks?

2. Where does Manuel Amador send a coded telegram to on October 28, 1903?

3. For American tourists crowding trains, as impressive as they find the Gatun Dam, locks, and Culebra Cut, what gives them the greatest patriotic pride?

4. Why, on November 1, 1903, do Manuel Amador and a colleague let Colonel James Shaler know Colombian troops are approaching?

5. What is the focus of attention in the final stages?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Colonel William Crawford Gorgas sent to Panama?

4. What is traffic like following opening of the canal?

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

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

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

8. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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