The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power Test | Mid-Book 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. Which act gave FDR power to control exports, including oil?

2. Who favored favored domestic spending over war preparations against Germany in 1911?

3. Who instituted a vast building project in the British Navy to transform the fleet to use oil?

4. Which conflict in the Pacific was decisive victory for the Americans and turned the tide of battle between Japan and the United States?

5. Oil prices dropped after what event?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event in 1947 in the Gulf of Mexico led to questions? What issues arose from this? What other products did the United States become interested in?

2. How did the oil companies become involved in the Middle East? Who was involved in the beginning negotiations?

3. Who bid successfully on the Kuwait Neutral Zone concession? Why did he bid on the concession? What deal was struck?

4. Into what areas did Standard Oil expand? What was its place in oil production?

5. What was the Japanese war plan based on? Did these premises come true?

6. Who was "Dad" Joiner? What did he discover?

7. What occurred in the oil industry after WWI in the United States? What was the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920?

8. What was part of Hitler's motivation to invade Russia? Why? Was he successful?

9. Describe the exploration for oil that took place as Pennsylvania became depleted? Where was oil found?

10. What was one of most extraordinary engineering feats of WWII? Why was this done?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which country do you think has had the greatest impact on the oil industry? Why? What impact has the country had on the oil industry? Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the development of the Middle East as a power in the oil industry. Why did the Middle East become important in the industry? What role has this region played in the industry? What aspects has the region influence in terms of oil? Give specific examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

How did the oil industry begin? Why wasn't oil harvested in greater amounts before this time? What role did oil companies play in the early days of the oil industry?

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