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

2. Who ordered everyone out of the water?
(a) Hotel management.
(b) The Coast Guard.
(c) Hotel lifeguards.
(d) The President of the United States.

3. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.
(a) Essex.
(b) Engleside.
(c) Eagles Nest.
(d) Edmonton.

4. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It's numbers are too few.
(b) It is too large and powerful for captivity.
(c) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.
(d) It is a very solitary animal.

5. 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 dancing.
(c) Went to the movies.
(d) Strolled along the boardwalk.

Short Answer Questions

1. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?

2. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.

3. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?

4. What happened to Charles Bruder on the way back to the shore?

5. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

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

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

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

5. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why did Charles Bruder decide to go for a swim?

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