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 shark stayed in the struggle until when?
(a) It was shot by a man on the beach.
(b) It was attacked by those helping Charles.
(c) Its underside was scraping the sand.
(d) It decided it was full.

2. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?
(a) German U-Boats.
(b) God's wrath.
(c) Unruly teenagers.
(d) The U.S. Navy.

3. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.
(a) Daniel B. Plickard.
(b) Damian B. Parsons.
(c) Darrel B. Pickering.
(d) David B. Plumer.

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

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

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

7. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.
(a) Humans.
(b) Seals and dolphins.
(c) Small fish and crustaceans.
(d) Orcas and whales.

8. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?
(a) He was lonely.
(b) It was hot in the hotel.
(c) He was nice.
(d) His staff wasn't busy.

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

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

11. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?
(a) A small article on the back page.
(b) An article on the front page.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Some information in the middle of the paper.

12. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.
(a) East.
(b) Country.
(c) State.
(d) Region.

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

14. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?
(a) They went looking for the shark.
(b) They changed their vacation plans immediately.
(c) They ignored the information.
(d) They decided to go for another swim.

15. 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 talking to boys.
(c) They were not enjoying the beach environment.
(d) They were going on dates.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?

2. The only known evidence of a shark attack had been what?

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

4. What did Dowling swear?

5. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!

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