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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. 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?
(a) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(b) The location of their hotel.
(c) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(d) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.

2. Eugene and Louisa Vansant did what with their daughters at dusk while their eldest child, Charles, romped with the family dog in the waters off the beach?
(a) Had dinner.
(b) Went to the movies.
(c) Strolled along the boardwalk.
(d) Went dancing.

3. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, very frequently.
(c) Yes.
(d) Yes, but rarely.

4. In 1915, a _______________ editorial was written entitled, "Let Us Do Justice To Sharks."
(a) USA Today.
(b) New York Times.
(c) New York Post.
(d) New Yorker.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

2. Though young sharks can seem slow-moving, when stimulated they can reach speeds of ____________ miles per hour.

3. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.

4. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

5. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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