EGEE 120
Oil: International Evolution

Summary and Final Tasks


In this lesson, you learned about how crude oil found new markets in the automobile industry after the discovery of electric lighting made the use of kerosene for illumination obsolete. We also discussed the emergence of new and major oilfields and competitors to Standard Oil west of Pennsylvania in states like Colorado, Kansas, California, and Texas. Just as in Pennsylvania, the boom and bust cycles and the social impacts were repeated, especially in Texas. We discussed the work of Ida Tarbell that fueled the public and government hatred for Rockefeller and Standard Oil and the eventual legal assault mounted by Theodore Roosevelt that resulted in the break up of Standard Oil. Finally, the merging of Royal Dutch and Shell into Royal Dutch/Shell as the main global competitor of Standard Oil as well the impact of the Russian revolution on the oil industry in Russia were presented.

Time for the Lesson 2 Quiz!

You have finished Lesson 2. Once you are confident that you have reviewed the materials carefully and you have fully participated in the lesson discussion activity, you should be ready to take the Lesson 2 Quiz.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Click on the Module tab.
  3. Scroll down to Lesson 2.
  4. Enter the "Lesson 2 Quiz" and begin!
  5. The format of the lesson quizzes is multiple choice questions. The quizzes will be based on the book, the online lesson notes, and videos. Quizzes typically are made available to take any time from Friday afternoon until the following Tuesday.

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