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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How was Fisher able to fight against the shark?
(a) He was an athletically built man.
(b) He was brave.
(c) He was quick.
(d) He was smart.

3. What were placed at the mouth of the creek so the shark could not escape?
(a) Wire nets.
(b) Boats.
(c) Metal cages.
(d) Spears.

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

5. _______ Craven, walking along the bank of the creek, had just about given up on the shark when he saw something bobbing in the water. It was Lester.
(a) Fred.
(b) Ed.
(c) Jerry.
(d) Bob.

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

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

8. 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 attracted by the smell of humans.
(b) It was confused.
(c) It may have sensed that it wouldn't survive in the open ocean.
(d) It was hungry.

9. Cottrell did what to warn people about the shark?
(a) He telephoned everyone he knew.
(b) He posted signs to stay out of the water.
(c) He steered his motorboat up and down the creek.
(d) He posted a warning as his Facebook status.

10. What did the shark do to Renny?
(a) It nipped him.
(b) It smelled him.
(c) It bit him.
(d) It bumped into him.

11. Men all over the region were reaching for their rifles and harpoons to hunt the beast down and kill it. A _______________ dollar reward was offered by the mayor of Matawan for the person who killed it.
(a) Five-hundred.
(b) Two-hundred.
(c) One-hundred.
(d) Three-hundred.

12. The men thought once the shark was killed, it would do what?
(a) Go out to sea.
(b) Disintegrate.
(c) Surface.
(d) Sink.

13. Coppleson would one day refer to these attacks as those by the "____________" of New Jersey.
(a) Mad shark.
(b) White shark.
(c) Crazy shark.
(d) Wild shark.

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

15. Coppleson cited the North Atlantic attacks of 1916 as those of a rogue shark, even though many American experts maintained what belief?
(a) The deaths of the swimmers were caused by a shark that could not be considered a rogue shark.
(b) The deaths of the swimmers were caused by orcas.
(c) The deaths of the swimmers were not caused by sharks.
(d) The swimmers drowned.

Short Answer Questions

1. By Saturday, July 15, Coney Island and Brighton Beach had lost an estimated __________________ beach goers, replaced by gangs of men armed with guns and spears bent on killing sharks.

2. The expert and some of his assistants had witnessed sharks first hand and had observed how difficult it was for them to do what?

3. Joseph Dunn, his brother Michael and their friend Jerry Hollohan in __________________, a community downstream from the town of Matawan, had missed the warnings and cut through the woods for a quick swim in the creek.

4. Lucas had sent whom to the scene of the shark attack on Charles Bruder?

5. The shark could have been reacting to the lunar pull, which caused what?

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