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

2. Word spread about the experiment with what conclusion?

3. The next day, articles appeared in both the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer about the shark attack. Where were these articles located?

4. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.

5. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

7. Describe the 1891 experiment. Is this a valid experiment? Why or why not?

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

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

10. 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?

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

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

The Great White still greatly remains a mystery.

Part 1) What is known about the Great White? How has this information been found? Why is more not known about this shark? How does this support the fact that the shark has remained greatly unchanged since the Age of Reptiles?

Part 2) Would knowing more about Great Whites help or hurt this powerful shark? Why? How could knowing more about this shark benefit humans? Why? How could more be learned about this shark? What technologies might be beneficial in learning more?

Part 3) What other animals still remain a mystery to mankind? Why? Why do humans desire to understand the animal kingdom and other aspects of our world? Does this knowledge truly benefit the creatures living on our planet? Why or why not?

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