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

2. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.
(a) The Mayor's.
(b) The Governor's.
(c) The hotel manager's.
(d) The President's.

3. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Forty.
(c) Thirty-five.
(d) Forty-five.

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

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

6. 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) It decided it was full.
(d) Its underside was scraping the sand.

7. 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.

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

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

10. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?
(a) He believed sharks were not dangerous.
(b) He was in water that was only three and a half feet deep.
(c) He thought the shark following him was a figment of his imagination.
(d) He thought he could swim faster than the shark.

11. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.
(a) 1918.
(b) 1891.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1881.

12. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.
(a) The currents and the smell of humans.
(b) Feelings of loneliness.
(c) Scents and currents and hunger.
(d) Hunger.

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

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

15. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.
(a) Foreboding.
(b) Relief.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Excitement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?

2. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.

3. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.

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

5. The person attempting to pull Charles toward the shore was stopped suddenly by what?

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