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. ________________ were strapped to the boats as gunmen stood waiting for the shark to surface.
(a) Red pieces of fabric.
(b) Dummies.
(c) Pieces of Bruder's clothing.
(d) Chunks of meat.

2. Where was this bay located?
(a) Between New Jersey and Manhattan.
(b) Between New Jersey and Staten Island.
(c) Between Queens and Brooklyn.
(d) Between Manhattan and the Bronx.

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

4. Fisher immediately closed his ____________ shop and ran to the creek.
(a) Tailor.
(b) Jewelry.
(c) Blacksmith.
(d) Fishing.

5. Coppleson based his theory on the incidence of shark attacks that occurred when?
(a) After the advent of the swimsuit in 1919.
(b) After the advent of swimming competitions in 1919.
(c) After the advent of the sport of surfing in 1919.
(d) After the advent of the sailboat in 1919.

6. What had drawn the shark?
(a) The warm water.
(b) The splashing of the boys.
(c) The smell of the boys.
(d) The sounds of the boys.

7. On July ____, 1916, a small group of men and their boats were organized to hunt the man-eater down.
(a) 28.
(b) 7.
(c) 21.
(d) 14.

8. A lunar eclipse would be occurring on July _______ that year.
(a) 24th.
(b) 27th.
(c) 14th.
(d) 20th.

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

10. Despite their efforts, what happened to the beaches?
(a) They became polluted.
(b) They were still very busy.
(c) They continued to attract tourists who wanted to see the shark.
(d) They were abandoned.

11. What did the men do to attract the shark?
(a) They swam in the water around the boat.
(b) They called out for the shark.
(c) They shot into the water.
(d) They spread trails of blood behind their boats.

12. Scientists have recently theorized that shark attacks may be caused by what?
(a) Lack of food.
(b) Changes in coastal water temperatures.
(c) Sick sharks.
(d) More humans in the water.

13. 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.
(a) 500.
(b) 500,000.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 50,000.

14. 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 orcas.
(b) The swimmers drowned.
(c) The deaths of the swimmers were not caused by sharks.
(d) The deaths of the swimmers were caused by a shark that could not be considered a rogue shark.

15. The next morning, retired ______________ Thomas V. Cottrell was walking along the bank of the creek.
(a) Navy Seal.
(b) Sea Captain.
(c) Army Sergeant.
(d) Police Officer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Coppleson applied his theory to many locales around the world, including South Africa, Puerto Rico and _________________.

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

3. Why did the shark do this to Renny?

4. _______ 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.

5. Why might the juvenile shark that attacked the men have turned toward the coast when it reached Sandy Hook Bay on its northward migration?

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