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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 boys ran to Stanley Fisher, who was what?
(a) The strongest man in town.
(b) The best swimmer in town.
(c) The mayor of the town.
(d) The bravest man in town.

2. In New York City, some newspaper reporters visited whose office?
(a) Dr. Frank Aaron Lucas'.
(b) Dr. Augustus Frederic Lucas'.
(c) Dr. Aaron Frank Lucas'.
(d) Dr. Frederic Augustus Lucas'.

3. What was wrong with the North Atlantic region for the shark?
(a) It was very warm.
(b) It was very cold.
(c) It had too many animals from which to choose.
(d) It did not offer him many food choices.

4. Dr. Sir Victor Coppleson, __________________ surgeon, coined the phrase "rogue shark."
(a) An Australian.
(b) A Norwegian.
(c) An English.
(d) A German.

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) Swimmers.
(b) Divers.
(c) Boaters.
(d) Surfers.

Short Answer Questions

1. The great white can grow to _____________ feet or more and weigh several tons.

2. The ____________________ sensationalized the incident by describing in detail the gore of the attack.

3. What did the men do to attract the shark?

4. Despite their efforts, what happened to the beaches?

5. What did Fisher set up so the boy's body wouldn't wash out to sea?

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

3. What did Fisher do to try to get Lester's body? How did this affect Fisher? Should he have done this? Why or why not?

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

5. How were New York and New Jersey's economies affected by this shark? How did the people of these states react to this? How did this lead to federal government efforts?

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

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

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

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

10. What led the shark to Matawan?

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