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

2. The man the reporters visited was director of what?
(a) The Sony Wonder Lab.
(b) Liberty Science Center.
(c) The American Museum of Natural History.
(d) The Rose Center.

3. Why is it difficult to catch serial-killing man-eating sharks?
(a) These sharks are very intelligent and devious.
(b) The water conceals their crimes and aids in their escape.
(c) Men do not know much about sea creatures.
(d) The sharks are shy.

4. Lester Stilwell left his job in _________________ and met his friends at the creek.
(a) The grocery store.
(b) The school.
(c) The warehouse.
(d) The factory.

5. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?
(a) A small dolphin speed right toward his boat.
(b) A large orca speed right toward his boat.
(c) Nothing.
(d) A gray fin cut the surface and speed right toward his boat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Renny jumped in the cool, dark waters but soon had what sensation?

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?

3. On July ________, 1916, Renny Cartan, Jr., his cousin Johnson Cartan, and some other friends took off for the swimming hole at the nearby creek.

4. The attack made the ________________ in the newspapers.

5. What had drawn the shark?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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