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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. By Saturday, July 15, Coney Island and Brighton Beach had lost an estimated __________________ beach goers, replaced by gangs of men armed with guns and spears bent on killing sharks.
(a) 500,000.
(b) 500.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 50,000.

2. Fisher immediately closed his ____________ shop and ran to the creek.
(a) Jewelry.
(b) Fishing.
(c) Blacksmith.
(d) Tailor.

3. Why did the other boys not believe something hit Renny in the water?
(a) He always lied.
(b) They thought he was scraped by a branch.
(c) They had not seen anything.
(d) He often exaggerated.

4. Why might the shark not have been hungry for a short while?
(a) It did not like the taste of humans.
(b) It may have been storing parts of the two men it had half-eaten, much like a camel stores water.
(c) It was ill.
(d) It had digested human body parts.

5. When the attacks stopped, Coppleson took it as what evidence?
(a) There were less humans in the water.
(b) The sharks were no longer interested in attacking humans.
(c) The sharks had all been killed.
(d) The attacks were by the same rogue shark that had either died or moved on.

Short Answer Questions

1. On July ________, 1916, Renny Cartan, Jr., his cousin Johnson Cartan, and some other friends took off for the swimming hole at the nearby creek.

2. The shark withstood the vengeance of man and days enduring life-threatening fresh water and made its way to ______________ Bay.

3. Coppleson felt there was evidence that if a shark experiences killing or mauling humans, he does what?

4. The men began launching ________________ in various parts of the creek.

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

1. How was John Nichols finally forced to believe that sharks could be deadly to humans?

2. To what animal is a shark compared? How is this belief supported?

3. What might have drawn the shark to the shark-patrol boat? Why?

4. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

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

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

8. Describe the health of the average great white. How does this compare to the juvenile shark that attacked in 1916?

9. How did the boys react to Lester Stilwell being pull under by the shark? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

10. What is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?

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