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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 beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.
(a) Region.
(b) State.
(c) East.
(d) Country.

2. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?
(a) Gambling and drinking.
(b) Aggressive sporting events.
(c) Heavy drinking and dancing to suggestive songs.
(d) Dates without chaperones.

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

4. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?
(a) The great whites were not hungry at the time he jumped in the water.
(b) The sharks were small, non-aggressive species.
(c) The sharks were juvenile great whites.
(d) He thought a school of orcas were actually sharks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

2. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.

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. Eugene and Louisa Vansant did what with their daughters at dusk while their eldest child, Charles, romped with the family dog in the waters off the beach?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Dr. Vansant try to save his son? Why was this not adequate?

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

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

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