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

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

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

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

5. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.
(a) Interest in.
(b) Fear of.
(c) Anger toward.
(d) Power over.

6. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?
(a) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.
(b) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.
(c) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.
(d) The high temperature disorients the shark.

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

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

9. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!
(a) Twenty.
(b) Nineteen.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Fifteen.

10. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.
(b) It is a very solitary animal.
(c) It is too large and powerful for captivity.
(d) It's numbers are too few.

11. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?
(a) He had a heart attack.
(b) He had drowned.
(c) He had a cramp and had to swim to the shore.
(d) He had been chased by a shark.

12. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.
(a) Beast.
(b) Maniac.
(c) Monster.
(d) Rogue.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?

3. What did Dowling swear?

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

5. A new smell, the scent of _______________________, also would have piqued the interest of the shark.

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