The Path Between the Seas Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. John F. Wallace has a job offer he cannot say "no" to, but William H. Taft feels betrayed as he tailored the new ICC to his wishes, and confronts him to dress him down and demand a resignation where?

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

3. What is the key to the lock enterprise?

4. The ICC's new Chairman, Theodore Perry Shonts, is best described how?

5. In a 1911 University of California Berkeley speech, former President Theodore Roosevelt gets laughs and applause when he maintains what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Panama's social structure like?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 3 shows that only Ferdinand de Lesseps's preconceived opinions and views matter at the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris. Why does de Lesseps not hold a legitimate meeting? Would it still not have come down to Panama or Nicaragua, as it did in the debates years later in Walker vs. Morgan? He is definitely a "take charge" type, but why does he continuously shrug off critical facts presented to him? Why does his success not carry over to Panama?

Essay Topic 2

The last chief engineer is George Washington Goethals. He is a model officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Does he operate under a military regime approach? Does he use the methods of either John Stevens or John Wallace? What are some of the techniques he utilized to achieve success with the project itself? What approaches did he take for success with those on his payroll?

Essay Topic 3

William Nelson Cromwell locates and talks John Stevens into replacing John Wallace. What type of training, schooling, and experience does Stevens have? What successes has he enjoyed? Who is supporting him? What sort of leadership does he exercise? What takes place when he moves the engineering office to Culebra? What successes does Stevens achieve? What failures does he endure? Why is Stevens replaced?

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