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. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It is a very solitary animal.
(b) It's numbers are too few.
(c) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.
(d) It is too large and powerful for captivity.

2. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?
(a) He thought the shark following him was a figment of his imagination.
(b) He thought he could swim faster than the shark.
(c) He believed sharks were not dangerous.
(d) He was in water that was only three and a half feet deep.

3. 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 amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(b) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(c) The location of their hotel.
(d) How the family would spend their leisure time.

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

5. What happened to Charles Bruder on the way back to the shore?
(a) He died.
(b) He began to feel better.
(c) He lost consciousness.
(d) He begged to go after the shark.

6. Eugene and Louisa Vansant did what with their daughters at dusk while their eldest child, Charles, romped with the family dog in the waters off the beach?
(a) Had dinner.
(b) Went dancing.
(c) Went to the movies.
(d) Strolled along the boardwalk.

7. What did Charles Bruder want to do?
(a) He wanted to outdo Dowling's recent swim.
(b) He wanted to catch the shark.
(c) He wanted to swim with the shark.
(d) He wanted to go surfing.

8. Newly born white sharks measure up to _______ feet and weigh up to eight-five pounds.
(a) Twelve.
(b) Eight.
(c) Ten.
(d) Five.

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

10. The first to reach Charles was who?
(a) His fiancee.
(b) The hotel manager.
(c) His father.
(d) Alexander Ott.

11. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?
(a) The shark had scraped his side.
(b) The shark had bitten his hand.
(c) The shark had bitten off his feet.
(d) The shark bumped into him.

12. Has the force of the great white's bite ever been measured?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, but the measurement was made on a juvenile shark.
(c) Yes, but the evidence is not solid.
(d) Yes.

13. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.
(a) Ten.
(b) Eight.
(c) Five.
(d) Fifteen.

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

15. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.
(a) Humans.
(b) Seals and dolphins.
(c) Small fish and crustaceans.
(d) Orcas and whales.

Short Answer Questions

1. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?

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

3. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

4. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

5. _________________ 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.

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