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 decided it was full.
(b) Its underside was scraping the sand.
(c) It was shot by a man on the beach.
(d) It was attacked by those helping Charles.

2. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?
(a) He did not believe in sharks.
(b) He had swum with sharks off the coast of California.
(c) He believed he was stronger than a shark.
(d) He believed he could out-swim a shark.

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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) Scents and currents and hunger.
(b) The currents and the smell of humans.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Feelings of loneliness.

7. 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) His staff wasn't busy.
(d) He was nice.

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

9. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?
(a) Yes, very frequently.
(b) Yes, but rarely.
(c) No.
(d) Yes.

10. 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 not appealing to sharks.
(c) They were very unattractive.
(d) They were the same colors as great whites.

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

12. Though young sharks can seem slow-moving, when stimulated they can reach speeds of ____________ miles per hour.
(a) Seventy.
(b) Fifty.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Twenty.

13. What did Dowling swear?
(a) He would never swim in the ocean again.
(b) He would catch the shark.
(c) He would help to save those attacked by sharks.
(d) He would never swim again.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

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

4. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

5. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?

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