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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 great white, even in modern times, remains what?
(a) Much of a mystery.
(b) Of no interest to man.
(c) A significant danger to man.
(d) A creature of interest.

2. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?
(a) Orca bite.
(b) Fish bite.
(c) Shark bite.
(d) Unknown sources.

3. The great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.
(a) 1908.
(b) 1900.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1915.

4. The only known evidence of a shark attack had been what?
(a) A death certificate saying that someone had died from a shark bite.
(b) A blurry photo of a shark ready to chomp down on a man.
(c) There has been no evidence.
(d) Tall tales by sailors and fishermen.

5. In large part, why has the great white escaped scientific scrutiny?
(a) It is too large and powerful for captivity.
(b) It is a very solitary animal.
(c) It's numbers are too few.
(d) It is not of interest to most ichthyologists.

Short Answer Questions

1. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."

2. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.

3. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.

4. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?

5. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What might have drawn the shark to Charles Vansant?

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

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