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 beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.
(a) Region.
(b) State.
(c) Country.
(d) East.

2. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.
(a) 1900.
(b) 1906.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1912.

3. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.
(a) Howard Beach.
(b) Far Rockaway.
(c) Beach Haven.
(d) Wilmington Beach.

4. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.
(a) Humans.
(b) Orcas and whales.
(c) Small fish and crustaceans.
(d) Seals and dolphins.

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

6. The owner and captain of the yacht was the wealthy shipping mogul Hermann Oelrichs. One of Oelrichs' goals was to debunk the myth that sharks were man-eaters. He felt certain that their bad publicity stemmed from pure fantasy. He had offered a reward of ____________ for proof that any person had ever been attacked by a shark.
(a) $100.
(b) $5,000.
(c) $500.
(d) $50.

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

8. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?
(a) They were not enjoying the beach environment.
(b) They were talking to boys.
(c) They were going on dates.
(d) They were exposing their arms and legs and wearing scandalous clinging wool suits.

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

10. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?
(a) He was bleeding.
(b) He was a lone swimmer.
(c) He was not very strong.
(d) He was holding onto his dog.

11. ______________________ of working-class men and women migrated across downtown Philadelphia to the coast on the first day of July 1916.
(a) Hundreds.
(b) Millions.
(c) Dozens.
(d) Thousands.

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

13. 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 cramp and had to swim to the shore.
(b) He had a heart attack.
(c) He had been chased by a shark.
(d) He had drowned.

14. For what was the shark waiting?
(a) For its prey to bleed to death.
(b) For other sharks to come help it catch its prey.
(c) For its prey to escape.
(d) For its prey to swim farther out into the water.

15. The shark that attacked in 1916 had returned from the southern waters where he had suffered in his competition with many larger predators. He was tossed northward by what?
(a) The strong current of the Gulf Stream.
(b) A strong hurricane.
(c) The smell of humans.
(d) A tropical storm.

Short Answer Questions

1. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.

2. There was disagreement among the public as to what killed Charles. Some thought a shark was the culprit, others were convinced that _____________ was the predator.

3. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

4. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?

5. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?

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