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

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

3. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?
(a) The closing of all beaches along the Atlantic.
(b) A great white shark expert.
(c) A study of sharks.
(d) That a patrol be formed to hunt down and kill the shark.

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

5. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.
(a) Far Rockaway.
(b) Wilmington Beach.
(c) Beach Haven.
(d) Howard Beach.

Short Answer Questions

1. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.

2. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?

3. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?

4. A new smell, the scent of _______________________, also would have piqued the interest of the shark.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

3. What took place as soon as Bruger was brought to shore?

4. What about swimmers specifically at this time helped sharks to believe humans were actually sea creatures? Would this be a problem today? Why or why not?

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

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

7. How were New York and New Jersey's economies affected by this shark? How did the people of these states react to this? How did this lead to federal government efforts?

8. 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?

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

10. What was the official report after Charles Bruder's death? What was done as this report was being filed?

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