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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 damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.
(a) Premier.
(b) Code Red.
(c) Significant.
(d) Class one.

2. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?
(a) A dark fin was following closely behind him.
(b) His dog was paddling behind him.
(c) He looked like he had been attacked.
(d) He looked fatigued.

3. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.
(a) Seals and dolphins.
(b) Orcas and whales.
(c) Humans.
(d) Small fish and crustaceans.

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

5. Has the force of the great white's bite ever been measured?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, but the measurement was made on a juvenile shark.
(c) Yes, but the evidence is not solid.
(d) Yes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Twenty-six teeth are contained in the top row and ______________ in the bottom row.

2. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?

3. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?

4. Who ordered everyone out of the water?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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

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

7. What might have drawn the shark to Charles Vansant?

8. 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?

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

10. Why is it more dangerous to swim with dogs?

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