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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.
(a) Foreboding.
(b) Excitement.
(c) Relief.
(d) Happiness.

2. 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) Far Rockaway.
(d) Wilmington Beach.

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

4. Who ordered everyone out of the water?
(a) The President of the United States.
(b) The Coast Guard.
(c) Hotel management.
(d) Hotel lifeguards.

5. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?
(a) Sharks are too small and weak.
(b) Men are the strongest creatures on earth.
(c) Such attacks had always occurred away from civilization and were virtually unrecorded.
(d) Men are too smart to be eaten by animals.

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

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

8. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?
(a) Sharks were not very intelligent.
(b) Sharks were no match for men.
(c) Sharks feared men.
(d) Sharks were dangerous to mankind.

9. 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) $50.
(b) $5,000.
(c) $100.
(d) $500.

10. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.
(a) Derma.
(b) Barnacles.
(c) Denticles.
(d) Scales.

11. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?
(a) Dolphins, sperm whales, and larger great whites.
(b) Blue whales and orcas.
(c) Seals and dolphins.
(d) Larger great whites, sperm whales and orcas.

12. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?
(a) A red canoe tip over.
(b) A red buoy.
(c) A red piece of clothing.
(d) A red flag in the water.

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

14. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?
(a) They were very unattractive.
(b) They were the same colors as great whites.
(c) They were not appealing to sharks.
(d) They were the exact colors of marine animals that the shark savored.

15. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?
(a) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.
(b) The high temperature disorients the shark.
(c) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.
(d) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?

2. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

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

4. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?

5. The great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.

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