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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. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.
(a) 1918.
(b) 1901.
(c) 1891.
(d) 1881.

2. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.
(a) 1900.
(b) 1906.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1901.

3. 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.

4. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?
(a) Sharks were dangerous to mankind.
(b) Sharks were not very intelligent.
(c) Sharks were no match for men.
(d) Sharks feared men.

5. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.
(a) Fear of.
(b) Power over.
(c) Anger toward.
(d) Interest in.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

3. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.

4. What did Dowling swear?

5. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the attack on Bruder.

9. 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?

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

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