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. There was disagreement among the public as to what killed Charles. Some thought a shark was the culprit, others were convinced that _____________ was the predator.

2. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?

3. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.

4. What was significant about the popular black and dark blue bathing suits?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What information is given about a specific shark? Why is this information important?

3. Why is it more dangerous to swim with dogs?

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

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

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

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

8. What information is given about great whites in this section? How is this important?

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

10. Why did Charles Bruder decide to go for a swim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

George Burgess believed the shark that attacked the Jersey Shore in 1916 was a rogue shark.

Part 1) What is a rogue shark? How did Burgess come to this conclusion about certain sharks and specifically this one? Do you believe he is accurate in describing this shark as a rogue shark? Why or why not?

Part 2) Does the author seem to believe this shark is a rogue shark? Why or why not? Do you believe rogue sharks exist? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe other animals, including humans, can be rogue creatures? Why or why not? How much more dangerous would these types of creatures be than those who were not classified as "rogue?"

Essay Topic 3

Most of the attacks described in this book ended in death.

Part 1) Describe these attacks. When did they occur? Where did they occur? Why did they occur? What happened to those who were attacked? Why did the shark attack them in this way?

Part 2) Are shark attacks as deadly today as they were in 1916? Why or why not? Is there anything one can do if he or she is attacked by a shark? If so, what? If not, why not?

Part 3) Is swimming worth the risk of a shark attack? Why or why not? How have the descriptions of these attacks affected your opinion of sharks and swimming in the ocean?

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