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

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

3. Fisher and fisherman George _________________ made repeated dives into the murky water but could not find Lester.
(a) Barrows.
(b) Barlow.
(c) Barringer.
(d) Burlew.

4. Suddenly, Joseph was being pulled down by his leg. His brother Michael and a rescuer, Jacob Lefferts, both leaped in the water and tried to wrest Joseph from the shark's mouth. They were able to pull Joseph out and onto whose boat?
(a) Captain Cottrell's.
(b) Burlew's.
(c) Fisher's.
(d) Renny Cartan's.

5. 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.

6. What was wrong with the North Atlantic region for the shark?
(a) It did not offer him many food choices.
(b) It was very warm.
(c) It had too many animals from which to choose.
(d) It was very cold.

7. 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.

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 may have sensed that it wouldn't survive in the open ocean.
(c) It was confused.
(d) It was hungry.

9. There was a report of a thirteen-foot tiger shark that was towed ashore while still alive regurgitating, among other items, what?
(a) A squid.
(b) A well-preserved human arm.
(c) A rubber tire.
(d) A small school of fish.

10. 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 found the boy.
(c) He could not find the boy.
(d) He had been attacked.

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

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

13. Confused by the coastline, the shark swam into the mouth of what creek?
(a) Muscogee Creek.
(b) Matawan Creek.
(c) Indian Creek.
(d) Flint Creek.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. By July _______, bathers returned and ventured back into the water, seeming to forget about the recent attacks.

2. On July ____, 1916, a small group of men and their boats were organized to hunt the man-eater down.

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

4. The shark craved large mammals rich with what?

5. The boys ran to Stanley Fisher, who was what?

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