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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. The owner and captain of the yacht was the wealthy shipping mogul Hermann Oelrichs. One of Oelrichs' goals was to debunk the myth that sharks were man-eaters. He felt certain that their bad publicity stemmed from pure fantasy. He had offered a reward of ____________ for proof that any person had ever been attacked by a shark.
(a) $5,000.
(b) $100.
(c) $50.
(d) $500.

2. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.
(a) Eleven.
(b) Seven.
(c) Nine.
(d) Five.

3. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?
(a) Dolphins, sperm whales, and larger great whites.
(b) Blue whales and orcas.
(c) Larger great whites, sperm whales and orcas.
(d) Seals and dolphins.

4. 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?
(a) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.
(b) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.
(c) The high temperature disorients the shark.
(d) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.

5. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?
(a) A red buoy.
(b) A red canoe tip over.
(c) A red flag in the water.
(d) A red piece of clothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?

2. What did Dowling swear?

3. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?

4. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?

5. The very next day, Gertrude Schuyler, from _________________, and her family were at a resort across from the spot where the shark had killed Charles Vansant.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why does the great white still remain much of a mystery today?

5. Why might the hotel have kept Charles' death a secret?

6. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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

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

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

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