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. The US Bureau of ______________ declared that people should not be deterred from going into the waters since "sharks were not vicious" (p. 82). Sharks were deemed to be less a threat to man than horses and dogs.
(a) Sharks.
(b) Oceans.
(c) Fisheries.
(d) The Interior.

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

3. There was a report of a thirteen-foot tiger shark that was towed ashore while still alive regurgitating, among other items, what?
(a) A squid.
(b) A well-preserved human arm.
(c) A small school of fish.
(d) A rubber tire.

4. The beating with the oar and the gunshots had, like some old-time fishermen predicted, probably done what?
(a) Forced it farther out to sea.
(b) Caused the shark to drift north.
(c) Killed the shark.
(d) Scared it south.

5. In most cases, white sharks dislike the taste of humans and do what?
(a) Eat them anyway.
(b) Eat them quickly.
(c) Spit them out.
(d) Avoid them.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The shark craved large mammals rich with what?

3. Why might the juvenile shark that attacked the men have turned toward the coast when it reached Sandy Hook Bay on its northward migration?

4. The shark withstood the vengeance of man and days enduring life-threatening fresh water and made its way to ______________ Bay.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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