Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Final Test - Medium

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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 attack made the ________________ in the newspapers.
(a) Headlines.
(b) Second pages.
(c) Back pages.
(d) Middle pages.

2. Why can white sharks not survive in fresh water?
(a) They lose the salt balance between their own body and the fresh water.
(b) The water is too warm.
(c) The fresh water flushes out all the nutrients in their bodies.
(d) The water is too cold.

3. What did the men do to attract the shark?
(a) They spread trails of blood behind their boats.
(b) They swam in the water around the boat.
(c) They called out for the shark.
(d) They shot into the water.

4. What did Fisher set up so the boy's body wouldn't wash out to sea?
(a) A cage to catch the body.
(b) A barrier of chicken wire down creek.
(c) A patrol of men to look for the body.
(d) A dam made from wood.

5. The shark craved large mammals rich with what?
(a) Muscle.
(b) Sodium.
(c) Nutrients.
(d) Blubber.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was wrong with the North Atlantic region for the shark?

2. Coppleson based his theory on the incidence of shark attacks that occurred when?

3. In most cases, white sharks dislike the taste of humans and do what?

4. Men all over the region were reaching for their rifles and harpoons to hunt the beast down and kill it. A _______________ dollar reward was offered by the mayor of Matawan for the person who killed it.

5. By July _______, bathers returned and ventured back into the water, seeming to forget about the recent attacks.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Coppleson think of the shark attacks of 1916? How does this compare to other beliefs at the time and beliefs today?

2. What led the shark to Matawan?

3. What proof does Chapter 11 give to suggest this was a young shark?

4. What was done to help keep swimmers safe? Was this effective? Why or why not?

5. After the attack on Charles Bruder, what happened to the news regarding the shark? Why did this happen?

6. If the shark was near the shark-patrol boat, why were they unable to catch it or shoot it?

7. What did Fisher set up in the creek? Why did he do this?

8. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the shark?

9. Describe the first realization that a shark had entered the Matawan Creek.

10. What was done to try to catch the shark? Why did people react this way?

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