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 had drawn the shark?
(a) The warm water.
(b) The sounds of the boys.
(c) The smell of the boys.
(d) The splashing of the boys.

2. 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) Pulmonary.
(c) Femoral.
(d) Elastic.

3. Hearing about the attacks, ichthyologist John Nichols drove from New York City to the Matawan Creek. Where did he stop first?
(a) The place where Renny was first scratched by the shark.
(b) Renny's home.
(c) The mouth of the creek.
(d) The constable's office.

4. ___________________ of sharks were hunted down and slaughtered.
(a) Thousands.
(b) Dozens.
(c) Tens of thousands.
(d) Hundreds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Joseph Dunn, his brother Michael and their friend Jerry Hollohan in __________________, a community downstream from the town of Matawan, had missed the warnings and cut through the woods for a quick swim in the creek.

2. When Lester was pulled under by the shark, the boys ran into town and told ___________________ what had happened.

3. Lester Stilwell left his job in _________________ and met his friends at the creek.

4. The shark could have been reacting to the lunar pull, which caused what?

5. What happened to the animal at which they shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

3. What might have caused the shark to head north?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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