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. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.
(a) A quarter-mile.
(b) One hundred feet.
(c) A half-mile.
(d) A mile.

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

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

4. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
(a) He had not actually died.
(b) He had drowned.
(c) He had been killed by a shark.
(d) He was not killed by a shark.

5. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?
(a) A study of sharks.
(b) That a patrol be formed to hunt down and kill the shark.
(c) The closing of all beaches along the Atlantic.
(d) A great white shark expert.

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

7. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?
(a) He had a cramp and had to swim to the shore.
(b) He had drowned.
(c) He had a heart attack.
(d) He had been chased by a shark.

8. Who ordered everyone out of the water?
(a) The Coast Guard.
(b) The President of the United States.
(c) Hotel management.
(d) Hotel lifeguards.

9. 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) Boston.
(b) Indianapolis.
(c) New York City.
(d) Philadelphia.

10. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.
(a) Mammalogist.
(b) Ichthyologist.
(c) Ornithologist.
(d) Herpetologist.

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

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

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

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

15. 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) Premier.
(c) Code Red.
(d) Significant.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?

3. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

4. What did Dowling swear?

5. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

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