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. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?
(a) That a patrol be formed to hunt down and kill the shark.
(b) A study of sharks.
(c) A great white shark expert.
(d) The closing of all beaches along the Atlantic.

2. In 1915, a _______________ editorial was written entitled, "Let Us Do Justice To Sharks."
(a) New Yorker.
(b) USA Today.
(c) New York Post.
(d) New York Times.

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) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(b) The location of their hotel.
(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.

4. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
(a) He was not killed by a shark.
(b) He had drowned.
(c) He had been killed by a shark.
(d) He had not actually died.

5. 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) In the middle of the newspapers.
(b) On back pages.
(c) On front pages.
(d) Nowhere.

6. Since the incident, experts have determined that swimmers who swim with dogs are at greater risk from shark attack. Why?
(a) Due to the dog's erratic movements in the water.
(b) Due to the sounds a dog makes.
(c) Due to the relationship between men and canines.
(d) Due to the strong scent a dog gives off.

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

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

9. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.
(a) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(b) Theodore Roosevelt.
(c) J.P. Morgan.
(d) Andrew Carnegie.

10. _________________ 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.
(a) Thirty-five.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Forty.

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

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

13. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?
(a) She was suddenly pulled under water.
(b) She felt a sharp pain in her side.
(c) She was suddenly attacked by a shark.
(d) Nothing.

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

15. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.
(a) Herpetologist.
(b) Mammalogist.
(c) Ichthyologist.
(d) Ornithologist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?

2. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?

3. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?

4. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.

5. The first to reach Charles was who?

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