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. What had appeared in the paper about the attack?

2. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?

3. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?

4. Long distance swimmer, Robert W. Dowling, ________________, announced he would swim out four miles in the Atlantic--sharks be damned!

5. In July _________, the luxury yacht, Hildegard, set off on an outing in the Atlantic off the New York coast.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dr. Vansant try to save his son? Why was this not adequate?

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

3. What was done for Bruder? Was this adequate? What there anything else that could have been done for him? Why or why not?

4. Had any new evidence come in regarding the dangers of sharks by the time Oelrichs died? Why or why not?

5. How does the story begin? How is this chapter important?

6. How is the behavior of a young shark different from an older shark? What might this say about the shark that attacked in 1916?

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

8. Describe a young great white shark regarding its size and speed in the water. What might this mean for a human swimming in the water?

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

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

A myth regarding a shark's power to kill is frequently supported throughout this book.

Part 1) What is this myth? How might it have begun? How was it supported by experts, as described in this book? How else was this myth perpetuated?

Part 2) How did the general public, as well as the victims of these attacks, suffer from this myth? Even after several of these attacks, why did many continue to believe this myth?

Part 3) How might the events in this story have been different if few people still believed in this myth? Do many believe this myth today? Why or why not? How might this affect the frequency of shark attacks and the education of those who swim in shark-infested waters?

Essay Topic 2

Great White sharks do not like the taste of humans.

Part 1) How does this book support this statement? Why might sharks not like the taste of humans? Why would a shark attack a human, if it does not like the taste of humans?

Part 2) What does the attack and eating of humans say about the mindset of a shark? How does it support the way in which they are programed to hunt?

Part 3) Why do other animals that are a danger to humans attack humans? What do these animals have in common? How should humans deal with these dangers? Why should they deal with them in this way?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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