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. 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 cage to catch the body.
(c) A dam made from wood.
(d) A barrier of chicken wire down creek.

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

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

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

5. 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.
(a) Clifford.
(b) Cliffwood.
(c) Cliff Falls.
(d) Cliffton.

6. 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) 29.
(b) 22.
(c) 11.
(d) 15.

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

8. _______ 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) Ed.
(b) Jerry.
(c) Fred.
(d) Bob.

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 well-preserved human arm.
(b) A small school of fish.
(c) A squid.
(d) A rubber tire.

10. The shark could have been reacting to the lunar pull, which caused what?
(a) High tides running up even into the creek.
(b) The water to be warm.
(c) Low tides running out of the creek.
(d) The fresh water to leak out to the ocean.

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

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A lunar eclipse would be occurring on July _______ that year.

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. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?

4. What had drawn the shark?

5. In New York City, some newspaper reporters visited whose office?

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