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

2. What did the shark do to Renny?
(a) It bumped into him.
(b) It bit him.
(c) It nipped him.
(d) It smelled him.

3. Dr. Herbert Cooley at Keyport tended to Joseph when he was brought ashore. Joseph's ______________ received a large bite. The doctor treated the wound and had Joseph rushed to the hospital.
(a) Thigh muscle.
(b) Calf muscle.
(c) Arm muscle.
(d) Neck muscle.

4. Scientists have recently theorized that shark attacks may be caused by what?
(a) Changes in coastal water temperatures.
(b) Sick sharks.
(c) Lack of food.
(d) More humans in the water.

5. ________________ were strapped to the boats as gunmen stood waiting for the shark to surface.
(a) Red pieces of fabric.
(b) Chunks of meat.
(c) Dummies.
(d) Pieces of Bruder's clothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?

2. Just before they gave up, Fisher decided to dive one more time. He resurfaced and told Lester's waiting parents and the others what?

3. There was a report of a thirteen-foot tiger shark that was towed ashore while still alive regurgitating, among other items, what?

4. How did Everingham attempt to protect himself?

5. An influx of salt water to the creek did what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. How was John Nichols finally forced to believe that sharks could be deadly to humans?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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