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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. For an overall view of the Gatun dam site, Theodore Roosevelt races up the hillside and takes a look, and then the most famous moment of his trip takes place when Roosevelt does what?
(a) Takes controls of a 275-ton train steam engine for 20 minutes.
(b) Takes the wheel of a loaded dump truck and dumps it on a train.
(c) Takes controls of a 95-ton Bucyrus steam shovel for 20 minutes.
(d) Takes controls of a 15-ton construction tractor for 20 minutes.

2. How many times does Theodore Roosevelt return to Panama to see the canal?
(a) 3.
(b) 1.
(c) 2.
(d) 0.

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

4. A Panamanian National Constitutional Convention is held on January 15, 1904, and a National Assembly elects whom as President?
(a) Carlos Constantino Arosemena.
(b) Maurice Banau-Varilla.
(c) Jose Agustin Arango.
(d) Manuel Amador.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. "The Man with the Sun in His Eyes," the subtitle for Chapter 18, refers to Theodore Roosevelt's 1906 visit to the isthmus, where he takes everything in how?

2. John Walker does not accept the mosquito theory and insists the solution is what?

3. A movement begins in Panama in July 1903, as 25-26 gather to talk revolution, including which leaders?

4. How have George W. Goethals' successors followed his aesthetic and military decision by allowing the jungle to get how close to the shore?

5. "Adventure by Trigonometry" is the subtitle of Chapter 12, detailing how the U.S. moves from what to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What are some of the critical points of the Hay- Herran Treaty ratified by the Senate 73-5 on March 17, 1903?

9. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

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

(see the answer keys)

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