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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 first to reach Charles was who?
(a) His father.
(b) His fiancee.
(c) The hotel manager.
(d) Alexander Ott.

2. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It is a very solitary animal.
(b) It is too large and powerful for captivity.
(c) It's numbers are too few.
(d) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.

3. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?
(a) Nothing.
(b) The shark bumped into one of them.
(c) The shark attacked one of them.
(d) They were followed by the shark but were not attacked.

4. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.
(a) Fear of.
(b) Power over.
(c) Anger toward.
(d) Interest in.

5. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.
(a) Ten.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Five.
(d) Eight.

Short Answer Questions

1. What probably made Charles more vulnerable?

2. The editorial ended with what conclusion?

3. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.

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

5. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the behavior of a young shark different from an older shark? What might this say about the shark that attacked in 1916?

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

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

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

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

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

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