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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. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.
(a) The Governor's.
(b) The President's.
(c) The Mayor's.
(d) The hotel manager's.

2. 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.

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

4. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?
(a) She was suddenly attacked by a shark.
(b) Nothing.
(c) She was suddenly pulled under water.
(d) She felt a sharp pain in her side.

5. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.
(a) Thirty-five.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Forty.
(d) Thirty.

Short Answer 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.

2. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.

3. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?

4. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.

5. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did shark attacks become more possible in the summer of 1916?

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