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

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

3. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?
(a) He believed he was stronger than a shark.
(b) He believed he could out-swim a shark.
(c) He had swum with sharks off the coast of California.
(d) He did not believe in sharks.

4. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?
(a) German U-Boats.
(b) Unruly teenagers.
(c) God's wrath.
(d) The U.S. Navy.

5. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?
(a) The loch ness monster.
(b) Another person.
(c) Another sea animal like an orca or a dolphin.
(d) Another sea animal like a swordfish or turtle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who ordered everyone out of the water?

2. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?

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

4. ______________________ of working-class men and women migrated across downtown Philadelphia to the coast on the first day of July 1916.

5. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

Short Essay Questions

1. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

2. Describe the 1891 experiment. Is this a valid experiment? Why or why not?

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

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

7. How does the story begin? How is this chapter important?

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

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

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

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