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. Who outmaneuvers the Panamanians into giving the U.S. greater rights in the Canal Zone than it wants?

2. What takes place subsequent to the arrival of Theodore Perry Shonts and John Stevens in Panama?

3. A Panamanian National Constitutional Convention is held on January 15, 1904, and a National Assembly elects whom as President?

4. "Adventure by Trigonometry" is the subtitle of Chapter 12, detailing how the U.S. moves from what to what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What became of Phillippee Banau-Varilla?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The author notes that, despite Theodore Roosevelt's opinion to the contrary, he comes out having played a minor part in Panama's revolution. Is there any evidence of collusion or master strategy in the White House? How much knowledge does the President have as the plot unfolds? Is the President correct in his view that the Colombian position regarding the treaty is nothing but a "holdup"? Could an amicable solution have been achieved in a reasonable time period? What of the position that Roosevelt's "most important action" ensures Colombia will be financially destroyed, being stripped of what is most valuable to it?

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