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

2. 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?
(a) The smell of humans.
(b) A tropical storm.
(c) A strong hurricane.
(d) The strong current of the Gulf Stream.

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?
(a) In the middle of the newspapers.
(b) On back pages.
(c) On front pages.
(d) Nowhere.

4. 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) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(b) The location of their hotel.
(c) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(d) How the family would spend their leisure time.

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

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

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

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

9. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?
(a) Below the elbow.
(b) Around the waste.
(c) Below the knee.
(d) On the foot.

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

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

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

13. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."
(a) Dies From Drowning.
(b) Dies From Too Much Fun on the Beach.
(c) Dies After Attack by Fish.
(d) Dies After Attack by Shark.

14. The only known evidence of a shark attack had been what?
(a) There has been no evidence.
(b) A death certificate saying that someone had died from a shark bite.
(c) Tall tales by sailors and fishermen.
(d) A blurry photo of a shark ready to chomp down on a man.

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

Short Answer 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.

2. What did Dowling swear?

3. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

4. What rumors were rampant?

5. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.

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