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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. A young man waded out in the Atlantic, his ______________ dog alongside his master.
(a) Hunting.
(b) Retriever.
(c) Show.
(d) Old.

2. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?
(a) Sharks were not very intelligent.
(b) Sharks feared men.
(c) Sharks were dangerous to mankind.
(d) Sharks were no match for men.

3. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.
(a) Edmonton.
(b) Engleside.
(c) Essex.
(d) Eagles Nest.

4. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.
(a) Code Red.
(b) Premier.
(c) Significant.
(d) Class one.

5. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?
(a) It was a pirana that had attacked the man.
(b) It wasn't a shark that killed the man.
(c) The man had probably drowned.
(d) It was most likely a shark that killed the man.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. The first to reach Charles was who?

3. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.

4. By ____________ years of age, the white shark nearly doubles in size, making it nearly invincible in its environment.

5. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?

3. What happened to Gertrude Schuyler? Why did this happen?

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

5. What was the official report after Charles Bruder's death? What was done as this report was being filed?

6. Describe the 1891 experiment. Is this a valid experiment? Why or why not?

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

8. 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?

9. Describe a young great white shark regarding its size and speed in the water. What might this mean for a human swimming in the water?

10. What happens by the time a shark is eight years old? How is this significant?

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