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

2. 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.

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?
(a) She felt a sharp pain in her side.
(b) She was suddenly attacked by a shark.
(c) Nothing.
(d) She was suddenly pulled under water.

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

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

12. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.
(a) Scales.
(b) Derma.
(c) Barnacles.
(d) Denticles.

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

14. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Thirty-five.
(c) Forty.
(d) Forty-five.

15. The great white, even in modern times, remains what?
(a) A significant danger to man.
(b) A creature of interest.
(c) Of no interest to man.
(d) Much of a mystery.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Though young sharks can seem slow-moving, when stimulated they can reach speeds of ____________ miles per hour.

3. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.

4. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

5. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?

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