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 very next day, Gertrude Schuyler, from _________________, and her family were at a resort across from the spot where the shark had killed Charles Vansant.
(a) Indianapolis.
(b) New York City.
(c) Philadelphia.
(d) Boston.

2. 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) Strolled along the boardwalk.
(b) Went to the movies.
(c) Went dancing.
(d) Had dinner.

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. For what was the shark waiting?
(a) For other sharks to come help it catch its prey.
(b) For its prey to swim farther out into the water.
(c) For its prey to bleed to death.
(d) For its prey to escape.

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

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

7. 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.
(a) A large sea turtle or rogue tuna.
(b) A giant squid or octopus.
(c) An orca or rogue whale.
(d) A dolphin or ray.

8. 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) Code Red.
(d) Premier.

9. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.
(a) Fear of.
(b) Power over.
(c) Interest in.
(d) Anger toward.

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

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

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

13. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?
(a) The loch ness monster.
(b) Another person.
(c) Another sea animal like an orca or a dolphin.
(d) Another sea animal like a swordfish or turtle.

14. 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 amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(c) The location of their hotel.
(d) How the family would spend their leisure time.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The shark that attacked in 1916 had returned from the southern waters where he had suffered in his competition with many larger predators. He was tossed northward by what?

2. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.

3. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?

4. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

5. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."

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