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. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.
(a) 1912.
(b) 1900.
(c) 1906.
(d) 1901.

2. A new smell, the scent of _______________________, also would have piqued the interest of the shark.
(a) Children.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Human waste.
(d) Fish.

3. 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) Beast.
(b) Rogue.
(c) Monster.
(d) Maniac.

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

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

6. 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.

7. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?
(a) He believed he could out-swim a shark.
(b) He did not believe in sharks.
(c) He believed he was stronger than a shark.
(d) He had swum with sharks off the coast of California.

8. Twenty-six teeth are contained in the top row and ______________ in the bottom row.
(a) Twenty-six.
(b) Twenty-two.
(c) Twenty-four.
(d) Twenty-eight.

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

10. The very next day, Gertrude Schuyler, from _________________, and her family were at a resort across from the spot where the shark had killed Charles Vansant.
(a) Indianapolis.
(b) Boston.
(c) New York City.
(d) Philadelphia.

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

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

13. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?
(a) Yes, very frequently.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Yes, but rarely.

14. What rumors were rampant?
(a) The young people were causing problems on the beach.
(b) Sharks were patrolling offshore.
(c) The water was polluted.
(d) German U-boats were patrolling offshore.

15. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.
(a) A half-mile.
(b) A mile.
(c) One hundred feet.
(d) A quarter-mile.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. For what was the shark waiting?

4. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?

5. Successive rows of additional teeth are poised behind the functional teeth, ready to replace them when they are discarded. Every ______________ weeks, a new, serrated set of teeth replaces the current set.

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