Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The hotel manager, ___________________, immediately ordered his telephone operators to notify the operators in all the hotels on the north and central coast.

2. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.

3. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.

4. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?

5. By ____________ years of age, the white shark nearly doubles in size, making it nearly invincible in its environment.

Short Essay Questions

1. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?

2. What was the official report after Charles Bruder's death? What was done as this report was being filed?

3. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

4. What might have drawn the shark to Charles Vansant?

5. What might have drawn the shark to the shore? How is this a plausible explanation?

6. What about swimmers specifically at this time helped sharks to believe humans were actually sea creatures? Would this be a problem today? Why or why not?

7. Describe the teeth of a shark. Why might they be like this?

8. What happens by the time a shark is eight years old? How is this significant?

9. Why did Charles feel he had reached the shore safely, even though he knew he was being followed? Why might the shark have attacked him anyway?

10. How had beach life changed over the years? How might this also have played a role in the chance for shark attacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The shark was put on display.

Part 1) Why was the shark put on display? Should it have been put on display? Why or why not? How else has the story of this man-eating shark been sensationalized and dramatized?

Part 2) Are animal attacks typical news stories? Why did this shark become so famous? Why were so many people drawn to the story of this shark? What does this reveal about human nature?

Part 3) Would a story such as this be as exciting today? Would news coverage be as spectacular? Why or why not? Might it be more spectacular? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

By the end of the book, the shark was quite ill.

Part 1) Describe the shark. How big was it? How old did they estimate it to be? What was its life like? How was it affected by its travels up the Atlantic coast? Why did it travel north? How did the weakening of the shark and its constant hunger affect those living along the coast?

Part 2) What role might humans play in the shark coming close to shore? How might humans have also played a role in the shark's ill health? What could be done to keep Great Whites alive and healthy and to protect humans as well?

Part 3) How influential is mankind on the natural world? How has the natural world and its creatures been affected by human populations, pollutions, and other actions? What can be done to reverse some of these effects?

Essay Topic 3

Very few of the shark attack victims were saved.

Part 1) Describe the attacks. Why were they so vicious? What did these attacks all have in common? How were the attacks that were fatal different from those that were not fatal?

Part 2) Why were so many of these attacks fatal? What did this reveal about the shark? What other factors, other than the shark's powerful bite, made the attack more dangerous?

Part 3) Could more of the victims be saved today? Why or why not? What does this say about the power of a shark bite? In what ways might swimmers be safer today from sharks than they were in the past?

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