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 great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.

2. A new smell, the scent of _______________________, also would have piqued the interest of the shark.

3. The editorial ended with what conclusion?

4. The headline in the Times read, "_____________________."

5. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might the hotel have kept Charles' death a secret?

2. What did Coppleson think of the shark attacks of 1916? How does this compare to other beliefs at the time and beliefs today?

3. How did the boys react to Lester Stilwell being pull under by the shark? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

4. What happened to Gertrude Schuyler? Why did this happen?

5. How did shark attacks become more possible in the summer of 1916?

6. When did information regarding Charles' death finally appear in the news? Describe this information. Why might it the information have appeared this way?

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

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. Describe what took place on July 7, 1916.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The news of the shark attack on Charles Vansant, was kept quiet.

Part 1) How did people initially react to the attack on Charles and his subsequent death? Why did they react this way? Should they have reacted this way? Why or why not? Are you surprised they reacted this way? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did people react as more people were attacked by this shark? Why did they react this way? How did this affect the Jersey shore? What did this reveal about the people's feelings regarding these attacks?

Part 3) How do you think the general public would respond to a shark attack today? Why do you think they would react this way? Are shark attacks more likely today than they were in the past? Why or why not? Should the public worry more today about shark attacks? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The shark swam into a fresh water creek.

Part 1) Why did the shark do this? What did this reveal about the shark at this time? How might the shark's state of mind have played a role in the many attacks along the Matawan Creek?

Part 2) What could have been done to keep the shark out of the creek? Might tactics such as this be used today? Why or why not? Do you see creeks as being dangerous now because of this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) In what ways has man tried to control nature to make life better for all mankind? What are the results of these attempts? Why? Should man attempt to control nature? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The book Jaws was based on the attacks of 1916.

Part 1) How is this fact important to this book? How popular must this book have been? Why? How did this then lead to the creation of the movie Jaws? What might have been the reaction to the movie? Might reactions have been similar to those at the time of the attacks in 1916? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does the author of the book, Jaws, react to the fear and hatred that is felt towards Great White sharks? Why does he react this way? Are you surprised by his reaction? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author of Jaws regarding the danger that Great Whites may or may not pose? Why or why not? Can Great White sharks and man co-exist peacefully? If so, how? If not, why not?

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