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

2. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?
(a) The shark had scraped his side.
(b) The shark had bitten his hand.
(c) The shark bumped into him.
(d) The shark had bitten off his feet.

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

4. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?
(a) German U-Boats.
(b) Unruly teenagers.
(c) The U.S. Navy.
(d) God's wrath.

5. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?
(a) The closing of all beaches along the Atlantic.
(b) A great white shark expert.
(c) That a patrol be formed to hunt down and kill the shark.
(d) A study of sharks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?

2. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?

3. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.

4. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the official report after Charles Bruder's death? What was done as this report was being filed?

5. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

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

9. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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