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

2. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
(a) He had drowned.
(b) He was not killed by a shark.
(c) He had not actually died.
(d) He had been killed by a shark.

3. What were women doing that was scandalous to many?
(a) They were talking to boys.
(b) They were going on dates.
(c) They were not enjoying the beach environment.
(d) They were exposing their arms and legs and wearing scandalous clinging wool suits.

4. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?
(a) A red piece of clothing.
(b) A red flag in the water.
(c) A red canoe tip over.
(d) A red buoy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!

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

3. 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.

4. A shark can smell prey ___________________ away.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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

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

10. Why does the great white still remain much of a mystery today?

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