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. A young man waded out in the Atlantic, his ______________ dog alongside his master.
(a) Retriever.
(b) Old.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Show.

2. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?
(a) She felt a sharp pain in her side.
(b) She was suddenly pulled under water.
(c) She was suddenly attacked by a shark.
(d) Nothing.

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

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

5. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?
(a) The shark had bitten off his feet.
(b) The shark had scraped his side.
(c) The shark had bitten his hand.
(d) The shark bumped into him.

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

7. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?
(a) The man had probably drowned.
(b) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.
(c) It was most likely a shark that killed the man.
(d) It wasn't a shark that killed the man.

8. Since the incident, experts have determined that swimmers who swim with dogs are at greater risk from shark attack. Why?
(a) Due to the relationship between men and canines.
(b) Due to the sounds a dog makes.
(c) Due to the dog's erratic movements in the water.
(d) Due to the strong scent a dog gives off.

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

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

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

12. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?
(a) The closing of all beaches along the Atlantic.
(b) A great white shark expert.
(c) That a patrol be formed to hunt down and kill the shark.
(d) A study of sharks.

13. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?
(a) He looked like he had been attacked.
(b) He looked fatigued.
(c) A dark fin was following closely behind him.
(d) His dog was paddling behind him.

14. Newly born white sharks measure up to _______ feet and weigh up to eight-five pounds.
(a) Five.
(b) Eight.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Ten.

15. 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) $5,000.
(b) $100.
(c) $50.
(d) $500.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Nichols, after viewing Bruder's wounds, concluded what?

2. What might have been the reason for the hotel to keep down word of the incident?

3. For what was the shark waiting?

4. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.

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

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