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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 shark craved large mammals rich with what?
(a) Muscle.
(b) Blubber.
(c) Sodium.
(d) Nutrients.

2. Renny jumped in the cool, dark waters but soon had what sensation?
(a) A strange sensation tearing across his leg.
(b) A sharp, stabbing pain in his leg.
(c) A sharp, stabbing pain in his side.
(d) A strange sensation tearing across his chest.

3. The shark could have been reacting to the lunar pull, which caused what?
(a) Low tides running out of the creek.
(b) The fresh water to leak out to the ocean.
(c) High tides running up even into the creek.
(d) The water to be warm.

4. _______ 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.
(a) Fred.
(b) Jerry.
(c) Bob.
(d) Ed.

5. 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 was confused.
(d) It may have sensed that it wouldn't survive in the open ocean.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. On July ____, 1916, a small group of men and their boats were organized to hunt the man-eater down.

3. 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.

4. By July _______, bathers returned and ventured back into the water, seeming to forget about the recent attacks.

5. Benjamin Everingham had been instructed to bring a rifle and ax along. Why did he not bring any weapons?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the 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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