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 had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.
(a) Forty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Twenty.

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

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

4. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?
(a) Nothing.
(b) A small article on the back page.
(c) Some information in the middle of the paper.
(d) An article on the front page.

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?
(a) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.
(b) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.
(c) The high temperature disorients the shark.
(d) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.

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

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

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

9. 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 dancing.
(d) Went to the movies.

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

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

12. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?
(a) Dolphins, sperm whales, and larger great whites.
(b) Blue whales and orcas.
(c) Larger great whites, sperm whales and orcas.
(d) Seals and dolphins.

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

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

15. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.
(a) Excitement.
(b) Relief.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Foreboding.

Short Answer Questions

1. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.

2. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?

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

4. The very next day, Gertrude Schuyler, from _________________, and her family were at a resort across from the spot where the shark had killed Charles Vansant.

5. What rumors were rampant?

(see the answer keys)

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