Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It's numbers are too few.
(b) It is a very solitary animal.
(c) It is too large and powerful for captivity.
(d) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.

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

6. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?
(a) Sharks are too small and weak.
(b) Men are too smart to be eaten by animals.
(c) Such attacks had always occurred away from civilization and were virtually unrecorded.
(d) Men are the strongest creatures on earth.

7. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.
(a) Lenox.
(b) Sussex.
(c) Hilton.
(d) Essex.

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

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

10. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?
(a) Larger great whites, sperm whales and orcas.
(b) Dolphins, sperm whales, and larger great whites.
(c) Blue whales and orcas.
(d) Seals and dolphins.

11. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.
(a) The Mayor's.
(b) The hotel manager's.
(c) The Governor's.
(d) The President's.

12. 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.
(a) Very little.
(b) A great deal of.
(c) Some.
(d) No.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.

2. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.

3. 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.

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

5. 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?

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