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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. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.
(a) The currents and the smell of humans.
(b) Feelings of loneliness.
(c) Scents and currents and hunger.
(d) Hunger.

2. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.
(a) Happiness.
(b) Foreboding.
(c) Relief.
(d) Excitement.

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

4. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.
(a) J.P. Morgan.
(b) Andrew Carnegie.
(c) Theodore Roosevelt.
(d) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

5. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.
(a) Barnacles.
(b) Denticles.
(c) Derma.
(d) Scales.

Short Answer Questions

1. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?

2. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.

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

4. A young man waded out in the Atlantic, his ______________ dog alongside his master.

5. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

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

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

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

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