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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. 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) Nothing.
(d) Some information in the middle of the paper.

2. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!
(a) Nineteen.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Twenty.

3. What did Charles Bruder want to do?
(a) He wanted to swim with the shark.
(b) He wanted to go surfing.
(c) He wanted to outdo Dowling's recent swim.
(d) He wanted to catch the shark.

4. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
(a) He had drowned.
(b) He was not killed by a shark.
(c) He had been killed by a shark.
(d) He had not actually died.

5. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?
(a) Its underside was scraping the sand.
(b) It was attacked by those helping Charles.
(c) It was shot by a man on the beach.
(d) It decided it was full.

Short Answer Questions

1. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?

2. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

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

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

5. The first to reach Charles was who?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did John Nichols do regarding this shark? What does this reveal about him?

2. How did the boys react to Lester Stilwell being pull under by the shark? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

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

4. Describe what took place on July 7, 1916.

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

6. How does the story begin? How is this chapter important?

7. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

9. What is the general belief about the great white by the twenty-first century? How does this compare to the views of great whites in 1916?

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

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