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. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?
(a) Sharks were not very intelligent.
(b) Sharks feared men.
(c) Sharks were dangerous to mankind.
(d) Sharks were no match for men.

2. 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 strong scent a dog gives off.
(c) Due to the relationship between men and canines.
(d) Due to the sounds a dog makes.

3. 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) A blurry photo of a shark ready to chomp down on a man.
(c) Tall tales by sailors and fishermen.
(d) There has been no evidence.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?
(a) The sharks were small, non-aggressive species.
(b) The sharks were juvenile great whites.
(c) The great whites were not hungry at the time he jumped in the water.
(d) He thought a school of orcas were actually sharks.

9. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?
(a) His sister.
(b) His mother.
(c) His fiancee.
(d) His brother.

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

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

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

13. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?
(a) The loch ness monster.
(b) Another sea animal like a swordfish or turtle.
(c) Another person.
(d) Another sea animal like an orca or a dolphin.

14. 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.
(a) Four or five.
(b) Two or three.
(c) Five or six.
(d) Three or four.

15. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.
(a) 50,000.
(b) 500,000.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 500.

Short Answer Questions

1. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.

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

3. 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.

4. ______________________ of working-class men and women migrated across downtown Philadelphia to the coast on the first day of July 1916.

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?

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