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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) 500,000.
(b) 5,000.
(c) 500.
(d) 50,000.

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

3. As beach goers ran in to try to pull Charles ashore, the shark with bits of Charles' flesh in his mouth, did what?
(a) Attacked again.
(b) Swam away.
(c) Went after another swimmer.
(d) Backed off and seemed to wait.

4. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?
(a) He thought a school of orcas were actually sharks.
(b) The great whites were not hungry at the time he jumped in the water.
(c) The sharks were small, non-aggressive species.
(d) The sharks were juvenile great whites.

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

6. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?
(a) Below the knee.
(b) Below the elbow.
(c) Around the waste.
(d) On the foot.

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

8. 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 been chased by a shark.
(c) He had a heart attack.
(d) He had drowned.

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

10. Successive rows of additional teeth are poised behind the functional teeth, ready to replace them when they are discarded. Every ______________ weeks, a new, serrated set of teeth replaces the current set.
(a) Three or four.
(b) Five or six.
(c) Two or three.
(d) Four or five.

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

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

13. Eugene and Louisa Vansant did what with their daughters at dusk while their eldest child, Charles, romped with the family dog in the waters off the beach?
(a) Had dinner.
(b) Strolled along the boardwalk.
(c) Went to the movies.
(d) Went dancing.

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

15. 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) Maniac.
(b) Beast.
(c) Rogue.
(d) Monster.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.

4. Twenty-six teeth are contained in the top row and ______________ in the bottom row.

5. 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.

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