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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 shark hunters spotted what and shot at it repeatedly?
(a) A red spot in the water.
(b) A dark spot in the water.
(c) A large fin.
(d) A school of fish.

2. A lunar eclipse would be occurring on July _______ that year.
(a) 24th.
(b) 14th.
(c) 20th.
(d) 27th.

3. The great white can grow to _____________ feet or more and weigh several tons.
(a) Thirty.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Ten.

4. Most of the flesh on Fisher's thigh from his hip to his knee was gone. When a doctor was finally rounded up, he observed that the bone was not severed but his ____________ artery was bleeding profusely.
(a) Systemic.
(b) Femoral.
(c) Elastic.
(d) Pulmonary.

5. Coppleson felt there was evidence that if a shark experiences killing or mauling humans, he does what?
(a) Never attacks a human again.
(b) Becomes very ill.
(c) Goes in search of more human prey.
(d) Remembers the smell of humans and avoids them.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why can white sharks not survive in fresh water?

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

4. ___________________ of sharks were hunted down and slaughtered.

5. Benjamin Everingham had been instructed to bring a rifle and ax along. Why did he not bring any weapons?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

2. Whom did newspaper reporters in New York contact regarding shark attacks? Why did they contact this man?

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

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

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

6. How do events in this story prove that not everyone had heard about the man-eating shark?

7. What did Lucas and others think about the idea of man-eating sharks? How did they support this belief?

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

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

10. Describe what took place on July 7, 1916.

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