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. Crews respond by competing how to top the published excavation statistics?

2. The average death rate in the final year among whites is 2.06 per thousand, and what per thousand among blacks?

3. How fast before the canal becomes a smooth, quiet operation, free from the drama and hoopla characteristic of earlier years?

4. A worker dies of bubonic plague on July 3, 1905, and William Crawford Gorgas immediately orders a campaign to eradicate what?

5. William Crawford Gorgas gathers data on how weather and topography affect Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malarial parasite to humans, and discovers what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Panama's social structure like?

2. What is traffic like following opening of the canal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Dr. William Crawford Gorgas is the U.S. Army's foremost expert on tropical diseases when he is assigned to Panama. Where does he receive his training and his experience? From whom does he gain cooperation at Panama, and from whom does he encounter opposition? What are his biggest medical battles? What sorts of problems and why? What successes does he achieve in Panama? How long is he assigned to Panama?

Essay Topic 3

Ferdinand de Lesseps was successful in getting the Suez Canal completed in ten years. Why was Compagnie Universelle attempt in the Panama a failure? What factors that he has control over does he fail to address? What matters are out of his hands? Hindsight is 20/20, but what should he have done differently? Was there any way for de Lesseps to pull Panama off successfully?

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