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 ____________ years of age, the white shark nearly doubles in size, making it nearly invincible in its environment.
(a) Ten.
(b) Five.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Eight.

2. 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 strong current of the Gulf Stream.
(b) A strong hurricane.
(c) The smell of humans.
(d) A tropical storm.

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

4. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.
(a) Essex.
(b) Sussex.
(c) Hilton.
(d) Lenox.

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

11. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.
(a) Engleside.
(b) Essex.
(c) Edmonton.
(d) Eagles Nest.

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

13. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.
(a) Eleven.
(b) Nine.
(c) Seven.
(d) Five.

14. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.
(a) Significant.
(b) Premier.
(c) Code Red.
(d) Class one.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."

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

3. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

4. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.

5. In 1915, a _______________ editorial was written entitled, "Let Us Do Justice To Sharks."

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