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) State.
(b) Country.
(c) Region.
(d) East.

2. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.
(a) Twenty.
(b) Forty.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Fifty.

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

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

5. 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) Backed off and seemed to wait.
(c) Went after another swimmer.
(d) Attacked again.

6. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.
(a) Excitement.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Relief.
(d) Foreboding.

7. 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?
(a) Strolled along the boardwalk.
(b) Went dancing.
(c) Had dinner.
(d) Went to the movies.

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

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

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

11. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?
(a) He thought the shark following him was a figment of his imagination.
(b) He was in water that was only three and a half feet deep.
(c) He thought he could swim faster than the shark.
(d) He believed sharks were not dangerous.

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

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

14. 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 pulled under water.
(c) Nothing.
(d) She was suddenly attacked by a shark.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. _________________ 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.

2. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?

3. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

4. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

5. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.

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