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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. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?
(a) Unknown sources.
(b) Orca bite.
(c) Shark bite.
(d) Fish bite.

2. The owner and captain of the yacht was the wealthy shipping mogul Hermann Oelrichs. One of Oelrichs' goals was to debunk the myth that sharks were man-eaters. He felt certain that their bad publicity stemmed from pure fantasy. He had offered a reward of ____________ for proof that any person had ever been attacked by a shark.
(a) $5,000.
(b) $50.
(c) $100.
(d) $500.

3. As beach goers ran in to try to pull Charles ashore, the shark with bits of Charles' flesh in his mouth, did what?
(a) Swam away.
(b) Attacked again.
(c) Went after another swimmer.
(d) Backed off and seemed to wait.

4. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?
(a) Yes.
(b) No.
(c) Yes, but rarely.
(d) Yes, very frequently.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

2. What did Dowling swear?

3. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.

4. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

5. For what was the shark waiting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

6. Describe the attack on Bruder.

7. 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?

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

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

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

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