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. What did Charles Bruder want to do?
(a) He wanted to swim with the shark.
(b) He wanted to outdo Dowling's recent swim.
(c) He wanted to catch the shark.
(d) He wanted to go surfing.

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

3. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.
(a) Significant.
(b) Premier.
(c) Code Red.
(d) Class one.

4. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.
(a) Monster.
(b) Rogue.
(c) Maniac.
(d) Beast.

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

6. 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.

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

8. What rumors were rampant?
(a) Sharks were patrolling offshore.
(b) The water was polluted.
(c) The young people were causing problems on the beach.
(d) German U-boats were patrolling offshore.

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

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

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

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

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

14. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?
(a) He did not believe in sharks.
(b) He had swum with sharks off the coast of California.
(c) He believed he was stronger than a shark.
(d) He believed he could out-swim a shark.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Has the force of the great white's bite ever been measured?

2. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.

3. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.

4. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.

5. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?

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