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 people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?
(a) The U.S. Navy.
(b) Unruly teenagers.
(c) God's wrath.
(d) German U-Boats.

2. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?
(a) The great whites were not hungry at the time he jumped in the water.
(b) The sharks were small, non-aggressive species.
(c) He thought a school of orcas were actually sharks.
(d) The sharks were juvenile great whites.

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

4. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?
(a) He was bleeding.
(b) He was holding onto his dog.
(c) He was a lone swimmer.
(d) He was not very strong.

5. ______________________ of working-class men and women migrated across downtown Philadelphia to the coast on the first day of July 1916.
(a) Hundreds.
(b) Dozens.
(c) Thousands.
(d) Millions.

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

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

8. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?
(a) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.
(b) It was most likely a shark that killed the man.
(c) It wasn't a shark that killed the man.
(d) The man had probably drowned.

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

10. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?
(a) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.
(b) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.
(c) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.
(d) The high temperature disorients the shark.

11. 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) Damian B. Parsons.
(c) Darrel B. Pickering.
(d) David B. Plumer.

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

13. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?
(a) They were not enjoying the beach environment.
(b) They were exposing their arms and legs and wearing scandalous clinging wool suits.
(c) They were talking to boys.
(d) They were going on dates.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Since the incident, experts have determined that swimmers who swim with dogs are at greater risk from shark attack. Why?

2. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.

3. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!

4. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?

5. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.

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