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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The person attempting to pull Charles toward the shore was stopped suddenly by what?
(a) Another person screaming in the water.
(b) The shark as it attacked Charles' would-be lifesaver.
(c) A large wave.
(d) The shark had reappeared and was clamped down on Charles' leg.

4. What happened to Charles Bruder on the way back to the shore?
(a) He lost consciousness.
(b) He began to feel better.
(c) He died.
(d) He begged to go after the shark.

5. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?
(a) His sister.
(b) His mother.
(c) His brother.
(d) His fiancee.

6. The great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.
(a) 1912.
(b) 1915.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1900.

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

8. 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 thought he could swim faster than the shark.
(c) He believed sharks were not dangerous.
(d) He thought the shark following him was a figment of his imagination.

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 wasn't a shark that killed the man.
(d) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.

10. Has the force of the great white's bite ever been measured?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, but the evidence is not solid.
(c) Yes.
(d) Yes, but the measurement was made on a juvenile shark.

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

12. 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) Four or five.
(b) Three or four.
(c) Five or six.
(d) Two or three.

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

14. The editorial ended with what conclusion?
(a) Man did present a danger to sharks.
(b) Sharks did present a significant danger to man.
(c) Sharks did not present a danger to man.
(d) Sharks did present a slight danger to man.

15. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?
(a) The shark bumped into one of them.
(b) The shark attacked one of them.
(c) Nothing.
(d) They were followed by the shark but were not attacked.

Short Answer Questions

1. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.

2. 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?

3. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.

4. A new smell, the scent of _______________________, also would have piqued the interest of the shark.

5. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!

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