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

2. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?
(a) He looked like he had been attacked.
(b) His dog was paddling behind him.
(c) He looked fatigued.
(d) A dark fin was following closely behind him.

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

4. 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) Boston.
(b) Indianapolis.
(c) New York City.
(d) Philadelphia.

5. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.
(a) Scales.
(b) Barnacles.
(c) Denticles.
(d) Derma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.
(a) No.
(b) Very little.
(c) A great deal of.
(d) Some.

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

14. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?
(a) The shark attacked one of them.
(b) The shark bumped into one of them.
(c) Nothing.
(d) They were followed by the shark but were not attacked.

15. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?
(a) It wasn't a shark that killed the man.
(b) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.
(c) The man had probably drowned.
(d) It was most likely a shark that killed the man.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?

5. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

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