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. On July ________, 1916, Renny Cartan, Jr., his cousin Johnson Cartan, and some other friends took off for the swimming hole at the nearby creek.
(a) 11.
(b) 29.
(c) 15.
(d) 22.

2. What did Fisher set up so the boy's body wouldn't wash out to sea?
(a) A patrol of men to look for the body.
(b) A dam made from wood.
(c) A cage to catch the body.
(d) A barrier of chicken wire down creek.

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

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

5. Benjamin Everingham had been instructed to bring a rifle and ax along. Why did he not bring any weapons?
(a) He thought there was no real threat.
(b) He forgot.
(c) He did not feel comfortable carrying weapons.
(d) He could not find a rifle or ax.

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

7. In most cases, white sharks dislike the taste of humans and do what?
(a) Eat them anyway.
(b) Eat them quickly.
(c) Avoid them.
(d) Spit them out.

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

9. The attack made the ________________ in the newspapers.
(a) Back pages.
(b) Second pages.
(c) Middle pages.
(d) Headlines.

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

11. 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) 500,000.
(b) 5,000.
(c) 500.
(d) 50,000.

12. Renny jumped in the cool, dark waters but soon had what sensation?
(a) A strange sensation tearing across his leg.
(b) A strange sensation tearing across his chest.
(c) A sharp, stabbing pain in his leg.
(d) A sharp, stabbing pain in his side.

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

14. Hearing about the attacks, ichthyologist John Nichols drove from New York City to the Matawan Creek. Where did he stop first?
(a) The mouth of the creek.
(b) The constable's office.
(c) Renny's home.
(d) The place where Renny was first scratched by the shark.

15. Why is it difficult to catch serial-killing man-eating sharks?
(a) Men do not know much about sea creatures.
(b) The sharks are shy.
(c) The water conceals their crimes and aids in their escape.
(d) These sharks are very intelligent and devious.

Short Answer Questions

1. An influx of salt water to the creek did what?

2. ___________________ of sharks were hunted down and slaughtered.

3. Fisher immediately closed his ____________ shop and ran to the creek.

4. What happened to the animal at which they shot?

5. Nichols still maintained that an orca was responsible for the attacks. He soon realized that what would not accommodate a killer whale?

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