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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. 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) How the family would spend their leisure time.
(b) The amount of money her husband would spend at the casino.
(c) Some young women who were going to be parading around in revealing beach wear.
(d) The location of their hotel.

2. The shark stayed in the struggle until when?
(a) Its underside was scraping the sand.
(b) It decided it was full.
(c) It was shot by a man on the beach.
(d) It was attacked by those helping Charles.

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

4. Though young sharks can seem slow-moving, when stimulated they can reach speeds of ____________ miles per hour.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Fifty.
(c) Seventy.
(d) Twenty.

5. _______________ staff physician, Dr. William G. Schauffler, completed the official report.
(a) The Mayor's.
(b) The President's.
(c) The hotel manager's.
(d) The Governor's.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The very next day, Gertrude Schuyler, from _________________, and her family were at a resort across from the spot where the shark had killed Charles Vansant.

3. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

4. 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?

5. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the attack on Bruder.

3. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the teeth of a shark. Why might they be like this?

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

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

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