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

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the shark-patrol steered its motorboats back and forth, hunting for the shark, the shark was doing what?
(a) Heading north.
(b) Hunting for humans.
(c) Picking up the many vibrations and sensations that the boats were causing.
(d) Heading south.

2. The ____________________ sensationalized the incident by describing in detail the gore of the attack.
(a) New York Times.
(b) New Yorker.
(c) AM New York program.
(d) New York Post.

3. The boys ran to Stanley Fisher, who was what?
(a) The bravest man in town.
(b) The mayor of the town.
(c) The best swimmer in town.
(d) The strongest man in town.

4. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?
(a) A small dolphin speed right toward his boat.
(b) Nothing.
(c) A gray fin cut the surface and speed right toward his boat.
(d) A large orca speed right toward his boat.

5. What was done to keep swimmers safe in the Asbury Park area?
(a) They were not allowed in the water.
(b) Guards sat in boats in the water looking for the shark.
(c) A wire mesh net was being constructed.
(d) They were told to wear bright colors in the water.

6. ___________________ of sharks were hunted down and slaughtered.
(a) Tens of thousands.
(b) Thousands.
(c) Dozens.
(d) Hundreds.

7. Just before they gave up, Fisher decided to dive one more time. He resurfaced and told Lester's waiting parents and the others what?
(a) The boy was still alive.
(b) He had been attacked.
(c) He found the boy.
(d) He could not find the boy.

8. An influx of salt water to the creek did what?
(a) It helped give the shark new life.
(b) Confused the shark.
(c) Forced the shark to enter the creek.
(d) Made the shark ill.

9. Coppleson applied his theory to many locales around the world, including South Africa, Puerto Rico and _________________.
(a) The United States.
(b) Japan.
(c) China.
(d) New Zealand.

10. When the attacks stopped, Coppleson took it as what evidence?
(a) There were less humans in the water.
(b) The sharks were no longer interested in attacking humans.
(c) The sharks had all been killed.
(d) The attacks were by the same rogue shark that had either died or moved on.

11. Why might the juvenile shark that attacked the men have turned toward the coast when it reached Sandy Hook Bay on its northward migration?
(a) It was confused.
(b) It was hungry.
(c) It was attracted by the smell of humans.
(d) It may have sensed that it wouldn't survive in the open ocean.

12. Why might the shark not have been hungry for a short while?
(a) It had digested human body parts.
(b) It did not like the taste of humans.
(c) It was ill.
(d) It may have been storing parts of the two men it had half-eaten, much like a camel stores water.

13. The beating with the oar and the gunshots had, like some old-time fishermen predicted, probably done what?
(a) Killed the shark.
(b) Scared it south.
(c) Forced it farther out to sea.
(d) Caused the shark to drift north.

14. How did Everingham attempt to protect himself?
(a) He struck the shark with one of his oars.
(b) He punched the shark.
(c) He paddled quickly to shore.
(d) He cowered in the bottom of the boat.

15. Most of the flesh on Fisher's thigh from his hip to his knee was gone. When a doctor was finally rounded up, he observed that the bone was not severed but his ____________ artery was bleeding profusely.
(a) Elastic.
(b) Femoral.
(c) Systemic.
(d) Pulmonary.

Short Answer Questions

1. Benjamin Everingham had been instructed to bring a rifle and ax along. Why did he not bring any weapons?

2. What did Fisher set up so the boy's body wouldn't wash out to sea?

3. This doctor insisted what?

4. Coppleson cited the North Atlantic attacks of 1916 as those of a rogue shark, even though many American experts maintained what belief?

5. How was Fisher able to fight against the shark?

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