Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Short Essay - Answer Key

Michael Capuzzo
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1. How does the story begin? How is this chapter important?

The book begins with a chapter describing a man swimming out in the ocean. It ends with a feeling of foreboding. This is important to the next chapter of this section and most likely later chapters, because this book is about shark attacks, and this first chapter seems to be preparing the reader for the first attack.

2. What information is given about great whites in this section? How is this important?

The great white swims furtively in the water--its dark top matches the sea and from beneath, its white underbelly blends with the sun. The great white, barely altered through the ages, has been swimming in the waters since the Age of Reptiles. The great white is rare and sits atop the food chain. The ocean would indeed be a dangerous place if the species was plentiful. This information is important because it explains how adapted the shark is to its environment and how easily it could quickly take down a human or other weaker animal.

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