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

2. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?
(a) It decided it was full.
(b) It was attacked by those helping Charles.
(c) Its underside was scraping the sand.
(d) It was shot by a man on the beach.

3. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.
(a) Engleside.
(b) Edmonton.
(c) Eagles Nest.
(d) Essex.

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

5. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?
(a) The location of their hotel.
(b) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(c) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(d) How the family would spend their leisure time.

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

7. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?
(a) They were not appealing to sharks.
(b) They were the exact colors of marine animals that the shark savored.
(c) They were very unattractive.
(d) They were the same colors as great whites.

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

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

10. 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.

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

12. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.
(a) Damian B. Parsons.
(b) David B. Plumer.
(c) Darrel B. Pickering.
(d) Daniel B. Plickard.

13. The person attempting to pull Charles toward the shore was stopped suddenly by what?
(a) Another person screaming in the water.
(b) The shark as it attacked Charles' would-be lifesaver.
(c) A large wave.
(d) The shark had reappeared and was clamped down on Charles' leg.

14. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?
(a) They ignored the information.
(b) They changed their vacation plans immediately.
(c) They decided to go for another swim.
(d) They went looking for the shark.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.

2. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.

3. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?

4. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.

5. 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?

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