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) Old.
(b) Show.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Retriever.

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

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

4. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?
(a) A red piece of clothing.
(b) A red canoe tip over.
(c) A red flag in the water.
(d) A red buoy.

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

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

7. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?
(a) Men are the strongest creatures on earth.
(b) Such attacks had always occurred away from civilization and were virtually unrecorded.
(c) Men are too smart to be eaten by animals.
(d) Sharks are too small and weak.

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

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

10. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?
(a) Dates without chaperones.
(b) Aggressive sporting events.
(c) Heavy drinking and dancing to suggestive songs.
(d) Gambling and drinking.

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

12. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?
(a) Unruly teenagers.
(b) The U.S. Navy.
(c) God's wrath.
(d) German U-Boats.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?

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

3. By ____________ years of age, the white shark nearly doubles in size, making it nearly invincible in its environment.

4. What rumors were rampant?

5. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.

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