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 only known evidence of a shark attack had been what?
(a) A death certificate saying that someone had died from a shark bite.
(b) There has been no evidence.
(c) A blurry photo of a shark ready to chomp down on a man.
(d) Tall tales by sailors and fishermen.

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

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

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

5. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?
(a) They were exposing their arms and legs and wearing scandalous clinging wool suits.
(b) They were going on dates.
(c) They were talking to boys.
(d) They were not enjoying the beach environment.

6. The person attempting to pull Charles toward the shore was stopped suddenly by what?
(a) The shark had reappeared and was clamped down on Charles' leg.
(b) The shark as it attacked Charles' would-be lifesaver.
(c) A large wave.
(d) Another person screaming in the water.

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

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

9. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."
(a) Dies After Attack by Shark.
(b) Dies After Attack by Fish.
(c) Dies From Drowning.
(d) Dies From Too Much Fun on the Beach.

10. 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) Strolled along the boardwalk.
(b) Went to the movies.
(c) Went dancing.
(d) Had dinner.

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

12. 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) Men are too smart to be eaten by animals.
(d) Such attacks had always occurred away from civilization and were virtually unrecorded.

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

14. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?
(a) Shark bite.
(b) Fish bite.
(c) Orca bite.
(d) Unknown sources.

15. The shark that attacked in 1916 had returned from the southern waters where he had suffered in his competition with many larger predators. He was tossed northward by what?
(a) The smell of humans.
(b) The strong current of the Gulf Stream.
(c) A tropical storm.
(d) A strong hurricane.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?

2. Dr. Nichols, after viewing Bruder's wounds, concluded what?

3. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

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 shark stayed in the struggle until when?

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