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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. Dr. Nichols, after viewing Bruder's wounds, concluded what?
(a) The young man's death was caused by the attack of a sea turtle.
(b) The young man's death was caused by the attack of an orca, a killer whale.
(c) The young man's death was caused by the attack of a dolphin.
(d) The young man's death was caused by the attack of a shark.

2. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?
(a) Dates without chaperones.
(b) Aggressive sporting events.
(c) Gambling and drinking.
(d) Heavy drinking and dancing to suggestive songs.

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

4. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Fifty.
(c) Forty.
(d) Twenty.

5. The first to reach Charles was who?
(a) His fiancee.
(b) The hotel manager.
(c) His father.
(d) Alexander Ott.

Short Answer Questions

1. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?

2. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

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

4. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.

5. In 1915, a _______________ editorial was written entitled, "Let Us Do Justice To Sharks."

Short Essay Questions

1. Had any new evidence come in regarding the dangers of sharks by the time Oelrichs died? Why or why not?

2. What was done for Bruder? Was this adequate? What there anything else that could have been done for him? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why might the hotel have kept Charles' death a secret?

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