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. What was done to keep swimmers safe in the Asbury Park area?
(a) They were told to wear bright colors in the water.
(b) They were not allowed in the water.
(c) Guards sat in boats in the water looking for the shark.
(d) A wire mesh net was being constructed.

2. The expert and some of his assistants had witnessed sharks first hand and had observed how difficult it was for them to do what?
(a) Find a human scent in the water.
(b) Catch seals.
(c) Tear flesh from dead carcasses.
(d) Tear the flesh of large fish.

3. Lester Stilwell left his job in _________________ and met his friends at the creek.
(a) The grocery store.
(b) The school.
(c) The factory.
(d) The warehouse.

4. When Lester was pulled under by the shark, the boys ran into town and told ___________________ what had happened.
(a) Sergeant Mulsoff.
(b) Constable Mulsoff.
(c) Patrolman Mulsoff.
(d) Captain Mulsoff.

5. In 1922, two _____________ were attacked and killed at the same location, Coogee Beach, by large sharks that struck them with such force that they were lifted from the water.
(a) Divers.
(b) Swimmers.
(c) Boaters.
(d) Surfers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Fisher and fisherman George _________________ made repeated dives into the murky water but could not find Lester.

2. What had drawn the shark?

3. _______ Craven, walking along the bank of the creek, had just about given up on the shark when he saw something bobbing in the water. It was Lester.

4. What was Benjamin Everingham doing in the Asbury Avenue beach area?

5. Hearing about the attacks, ichthyologist John Nichols drove from New York City to the Matawan Creek. Where did he stop first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What led the shark to Matawan?

2. What had occurred by July 9th? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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