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

2. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?
(a) They went looking for the shark.
(b) They decided to go for another swim.
(c) They ignored the information.
(d) They changed their vacation plans immediately.

3. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?
(a) The sharks were small, non-aggressive species.
(b) The sharks were juvenile great whites.
(c) The great whites were not hungry at the time he jumped in the water.
(d) He thought a school of orcas were actually sharks.

4. Has the force of the great white's bite ever been measured?
(a) Yes, but the measurement was made on a juvenile shark.
(b) No.
(c) Yes, but the evidence is not solid.
(d) Yes.

5. For what was the shark waiting?
(a) For other sharks to come help it catch its prey.
(b) For its prey to bleed to death.
(c) For its prey to swim farther out into the water.
(d) For its prey to escape.

Short Answer Questions

1. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

2. A young man waded out in the Atlantic, his ______________ dog alongside his master.

3. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

4. Successive rows of additional teeth are poised behind the functional teeth, ready to replace them when they are discarded. Every ______________ weeks, a new, serrated set of teeth replaces the current set.

5. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why is it more dangerous to swim with dogs?

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

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

8. When did information regarding Charles' death finally appear in the news? Describe this information. Why might it the information have appeared this way?

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. How did Dr. Vansant try to save his son? Why was this not adequate?

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