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

2. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?
(a) Below the knee.
(b) Around the waste.
(c) On the foot.
(d) Below the elbow.

3. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?
(a) He had swum with sharks off the coast of California.
(b) He did not believe in sharks.
(c) He believed he was stronger than a shark.
(d) He believed he could out-swim a shark.

4. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?
(a) An article on the front page.
(b) A small article on the back page.
(c) Some information in the middle of the paper.
(d) Nothing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

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?

3. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?

4. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

5. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whom did newspaper reporters in New York contact regarding shark attacks? Why did they contact this man?

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 did Lucas and others think about the idea of man-eating sharks? How did they support this belief?

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

5. What did Coppleson think of the shark attacks of 1916? How does this compare to other beliefs at the time and beliefs today?

6. What might have drawn the shark to the shore? How is this a plausible explanation?

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

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

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

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

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