What is the Panama Canal? - History, Building & Facts - Quiz & Worksheet


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Why is the Panama Canal important?

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1. Why were the French unsuccessful in building the Panama canal?

2. What analogy can be made about the way in which the US acted toward Colombia and Panama?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Panama Canal is considered by most to be an astounding feat of engineering. With this quiz/worksheet combo, test your knowledge of the canal's construction and political controversies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Value the Panama Canal offers to the international community
  • Why France failed in its attempts to build the canal
  • How the US treated Colombia and Panama regarding the canal
  • Controversy surrounding the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty
  • Current control and operation of the Panama Canal

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of the Panama Canal
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the canal's construction
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding 'gunboat diplomacy' and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about current control of the canal

Additional Learning

To learn more about this impressive engineering feat, review the accompanying lesson on the History of the Panama Canal. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the historical background regarding the region and the failed attempts to construct the canal
  • Understand how ownership of Panama transferred from France to the U.S.
  • Recognize America's foreign policy regarding Panama at the time
  • Know the general details of how the canal was constructed
  • Review how the canal came back under control of Panama