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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Though young sharks can seem slow-moving, when stimulated they can reach speeds of ____________ miles per hour.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Seventy.

2. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.
(a) Maniac.
(b) Rogue.
(c) Beast.
(d) Monster.

3. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.
(a) Scents and currents and hunger.
(b) The currents and the smell of humans.
(c) Hunger.
(d) Feelings of loneliness.

4. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.
(a) A great deal of.
(b) Some.
(c) No.
(d) Very little.

5. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.
(a) Sussex.
(b) Essex.
(c) Lenox.
(d) Hilton.

Short Answer Questions

1. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?

2. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.

3. What might have been the reason for the hotel to keep down word of the incident?

4. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?

5. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Charles feel he had reached the shore safely, even though he knew he was being followed? Why might the shark have attacked him anyway?

2. What about swimmers specifically at this time helped sharks to believe humans were actually sea creatures? Would this be a problem today? Why or why not?

3. What information is given about great whites in this section? How is this important?

4. What was done for Bruder? Was this adequate? What there anything else that could have been done for him? Why or why not?

5. What information is given about a specific shark? Why is this information important?

6. Describe the teeth of a shark. Why might they be like this?

7. What took place as soon as Bruger was brought to shore?

8. How had beach life changed over the years? How might this also have played a role in the chance for shark attacks?

9. What did most people think about the idea of a shark attacking a human? Why did they believe this?

10. How is the behavior of a young shark different from an older shark? What might this say about the shark that attacked in 1916?

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