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

2. By ____________ years of age, the white shark nearly doubles in size, making it nearly invincible in its environment.
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Five.
(c) Ten.
(d) Eight.

3. Who ordered everyone out of the water?
(a) Hotel lifeguards.
(b) The President of the United States.
(c) Hotel management.
(d) The Coast Guard.

4. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?
(a) The high temperature makes it irritable and hungry.
(b) The high temperature makes it hungry for human flesh.
(c) The high temperature disorients the shark.
(d) The high temperature makes it uncomfortable and struggle to hunt and feed.

5. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.
(a) Herpetologist.
(b) Ornithologist.
(c) Mammalogist.
(d) Ichthyologist.

Short Answer Questions

1. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

2. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?

3. The shark attacked, biting Charles where?

4. There was disagreement among the public as to what killed Charles. Some thought a shark was the culprit, others were convinced that _____________ was the predator.

5. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

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