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. Thousands of articles create popular view of Canal Zone life, but make no mention of blacks, so government inspectors and fact-finders are amazed to see the entire project depends on what?

2. What is the key to the lock enterprise?

3. How many years does it take to build the locks?

4. When is the Hay-Herran Treaty signed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What critical event can be associated with Theodore Roosevelt and the date of January 4, 1904?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Things are not going well and Phillippe Banau-Varilla offers a solution to get out that David McCullough refers to as "ingenious." It brings tolls in and, more importantly, affords Ferdinand de Lesseps a means of honorably extracting himself. Why does he not take it? What is wrong with the suggestion? Does de Lesseps not have the authority he reflects?

Essay Topic 2

The Panama Canal is built under three American presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Who can be given the most credit for U.S. success there? What actions or efforts, before, during, or after their time in office, substantiate your position in selecting one over the other two?

Essay Topic 3

You have been invited to attend the 1879 Congris International d'Ytudes du Canal Interocyanique in Paris for a week. Things get a little heated. But you are maintaining a personal log that includes where you go, what you do, activities at the conference, and so on. Make a paper consisting of five to six log entries.

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