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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

6. What might have been the reason for the hotel to keep down word of the incident?
(a) To see if the boy had been attacked by a shark or had drowned.
(b) To avoid a law suit.
(c) To avoid depressing the tourist trade.
(d) To avoid mass chaos and fear.

7. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?
(a) They were the same colors as great whites.
(b) They were very unattractive.
(c) They were not appealing to sharks.
(d) They were the exact colors of marine animals that the shark savored.

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

9. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.
(a) Theodore Roosevelt.
(b) J.P. Morgan.
(c) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(d) Andrew Carnegie.

10. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.
(a) Ten.
(b) Five.
(c) Eight.
(d) Fifteen.

11. 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 strong scent a dog gives off.
(d) Due to the dog's erratic movements in the water.

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

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

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

15. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?
(a) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(b) The location of their hotel.
(c) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(d) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

3. The next day, articles appeared in both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer about the shark attack. Where were these articles located?

4. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?

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

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