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

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

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

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

5. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?
(a) Such attacks had always occurred away from civilization and were virtually unrecorded.
(b) Men are too smart to be eaten by animals.
(c) Men are the strongest creatures on earth.
(d) Sharks are too small and weak.

Short Answer Questions

1. Since it was unusual for the young white shark to be close to the shore in July 1916, experts later theorized that the lone predator was led toward shore by ________________.

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. Successive rows of additional teeth are poised behind the functional teeth, ready to replace them when they are discarded. Every ______________ weeks, a new, serrated set of teeth replaces the current set.

4. 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.

5. This editorial cited the fact that twenty-five years had passed since Oelrichs' swim with the sharks and _____ evidence had come forth of a shark attacking a man.

Short Essay Questions

1. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

3. What information is given about a specific shark? Why is this information important?

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

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

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

7. What were the beliefs of many who heard the news of Bruder's death?

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

9. 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?

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

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