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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 shark that attacked in 1916 had returned from the southern waters where he had suffered in his competition with many larger predators. He was tossed northward by what?
(a) A tropical storm.
(b) A strong hurricane.
(c) The strong current of the Gulf Stream.
(d) The smell of humans.

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) Beast.
(b) Rogue.
(c) Monster.
(d) Maniac.

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

4. The only known evidence of a shark attack had been what?
(a) A death certificate saying that someone had died from a shark bite.
(b) There has been no evidence.
(c) Tall tales by sailors and fishermen.
(d) A blurry photo of a shark ready to chomp down on a man.

5. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?
(a) They were going on dates.
(b) They were not enjoying the beach environment.
(c) They were talking to boys.
(d) They were exposing their arms and legs and wearing scandalous clinging wool suits.

Short Answer Questions

1. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?

2. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?

3. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.

4. The first to reach Charles was who?

5. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.

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

3. Why did Charles Bruder decide to go for a swim?

4. Had any new evidence come in regarding the dangers of sharks by the time Oelrichs died? Why or why not?

5. What might have drawn the shark to Charles Vansant?

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

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

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

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

10. What were the beliefs of many who heard the news of Bruder's death?

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