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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. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.
(a) Maniac.
(b) Beast.
(c) Rogue.
(d) Monster.

2. What did Dowling swear?
(a) He would never swim again.
(b) He would never swim in the ocean again.
(c) He would help to save those attacked by sharks.
(d) He would catch the shark.

3. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.
(a) Very little.
(b) Some.
(c) A great deal of.
(d) No.

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

5. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?
(a) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(b) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(c) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(d) The location of their hotel.

Short Answer Questions

1. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?

2. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?

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

4. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?

5. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Gertrude Schuyler? Why did this happen?

2. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

4. 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?

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

6. How had beach life changed over the years? How might this also have played a role in the chance for shark attacks?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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