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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 Panic" in the Canal Zone results in what?
(a) A demand for outgoing trains that cannot be kept up with.
(b) A demand for outgoing boats that cannot be kept up with.
(c) An exodus of service personnel back to their homelands.
(d) An exodus of Panamanians to Nicaragua.

2. 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) His mentor was General Walter Reed, a senior U.S. Army physician.
(d) He is the most senior U.S. medical officer with experience in the jungle.

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

4. 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) Panama.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Nicaragua.
(d) Colombia.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Theodore Roosevelt stress in his autobiography as to his action in Panama?.

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

3. 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?

4. John Stevens is scheduled to accompany William H. Taft to the Philippines to advise on railroad construction, when who urges John Stevens to go to Panama as John Findley Wallace's successor?

5. When do Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens land without ceremony at Colon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

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

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

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

7. What is Panama's social structure like?

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

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

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

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