Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 7 and 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.
(a) Rogue.
(b) Beast.
(c) Maniac.
(d) Monster.

2. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?
(a) He was a lone swimmer.
(b) He was not very strong.
(c) He was bleeding.
(d) He was holding onto his dog.

3. The owner and captain of the yacht was the wealthy shipping mogul Hermann Oelrichs. One of Oelrichs' goals was to debunk the myth that sharks were man-eaters. He felt certain that their bad publicity stemmed from pure fantasy. He had offered a reward of ____________ for proof that any person had ever been attacked by a shark.
(a) $100.
(b) $50.
(c) $5,000.
(d) $500.

4. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.
(a) Beach Haven.
(b) Howard Beach.
(c) Wilmington Beach.
(d) Far Rockaway.

5. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.
(a) 1891.
(b) 1901.
(c) 1881.
(d) 1918.

Short Answer Questions

1. The next day, articles appeared in both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer about the shark attack. Where were these articles located?

2. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?

3. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.

4. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

5. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?

(see the answer key)

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