The Path Between the Seas Test | Final Test - Hard

David McCullough
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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. What three men is the lock design and engineering largely the work of?

2. 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?

3. John Stevens feels the Panama Canal can be completed by January 1914, but doubts a sea- level version can be prior to what year?

4. 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?

5. The great dam at Gatun, that is 15 times wider at the base than it is high, is how difficult to construct?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does David McCullough get his subtitle for Chapter 12?

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

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

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

5. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

6. What is Panama's social structure like?

7. What is the social life like in Panama for canal workers during Goethals' time?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ferdinand de Lesseps begins publishing his "Bullet in du Canal Interocyanique" and George W. Goethals his "Canal Record. How are they alike? How do they differ? Are they merely propaganda organs, or is there some legitimacy to them? How effective is each?

Essay Topic 3

"The Hero," subtitle for Chapter 2, is a reference to the sincere respect that surrounded Ferdinand de Lesseps subsequent to his success with the Suez Canal. He was in his 60s then, and could easily have retired on his tremendous success. Yet in 1875, now about 70 years old, he expresses public interest in an interoceanic canal in Central America, and joins with the Turr Syndicate. Is de Lesseps a willing confederate? Is he the guiding light? Is he merely an innocent dupe of the Turr Syndicate leaders? The "Great Engineer" may not have been that, during his life he was many things, but certainly no fool. Why needlessly risk his reputation?

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