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

2. Why might the juvenile shark that attacked the men have turned toward the coast when it reached Sandy Hook Bay on its northward migration?
(a) It was hungry.
(b) It was attracted by the smell of humans.
(c) It may have sensed that it wouldn't survive in the open ocean.
(d) It was confused.

3. What happened to the animal at which they shot?
(a) It died and floated on top of the water.
(b) It attacked their boat.
(c) It died and sank to the bottom of the ocean.
(d) It submerged and disappeared under the water.

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

5. Despite their efforts, what happened to the beaches?
(a) They continued to attract tourists who wanted to see the shark.
(b) They became polluted.
(c) They were abandoned.
(d) They were still very busy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The shark craved large mammals rich with what?

3. The beating with the oar and the gunshots had, like some old-time fishermen predicted, probably done what?

4. 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.

5. The men thought once the shark was killed, it would do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

5. How did Renny's cousin and friends react to the scratch marks on Renny's body and his fear? Why might they have reacted in this way?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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