Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.
(a) Fifty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Forty.
(d) Twenty.

2. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?
(a) His dog was paddling behind him.
(b) He looked fatigued.
(c) He looked like he had been attacked.
(d) A dark fin was following closely behind him.

3. ______________________ of working-class men and women migrated across downtown Philadelphia to the coast on the first day of July 1916.
(a) Dozens.
(b) Hundreds.
(c) Thousands.
(d) Millions.

4. The editorial ended with what conclusion?
(a) Sharks did not present a danger to man.
(b) Sharks did present a slight danger to man.
(c) Sharks did present a significant danger to man.
(d) Man did present a danger to sharks.

5. 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.
(a) Some.
(b) A great deal of.
(c) No.
(d) Very little.

6. The next day, articles appeared in both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer about the shark attack. Where were these articles located?
(a) On front pages.
(b) On back pages.
(c) In the middle of the newspapers.
(d) Nowhere.

7. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?
(a) The location of their hotel.
(b) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(c) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(d) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.

8. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.
(a) State.
(b) Country.
(c) East.
(d) Region.

9. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?
(a) On the foot.
(b) Below the knee.
(c) Around the waste.
(d) Below the elbow.

10. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.
(a) Power over.
(b) Interest in.
(c) Fear of.
(d) Anger toward.

11. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.
(a) Feelings of loneliness.
(b) The currents and the smell of humans.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Scents and currents and hunger.

12. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?
(a) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.
(b) It was most likely a shark that killed the man.
(c) It wasn't a shark that killed the man.
(d) The man had probably drowned.

13. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.
(a) Lenox.
(b) Hilton.
(c) Sussex.
(d) Essex.

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

15. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?
(a) His staff wasn't busy.
(b) He was nice.
(c) He was lonely.
(d) It was hot in the hotel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?

2. Since the incident, experts have determined that swimmers who swim with dogs are at greater risk from shark attack. Why?

3. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

4. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.

5. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?

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