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. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

2. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

3. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.

4. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

5. The great white, even in modern times, remains what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did most people think about the idea of a shark attacking a human? Why did they believe this?

2. What did John Nichols do regarding this shark? What does this reveal about him?

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

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

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

6. What might have drawn the shark to the shark-patrol boat? Why?

7. If the shark was near the shark-patrol boat, why were they unable to catch it or shoot it?

8. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the shark?

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

10. Whom did newspaper reporters in New York contact regarding shark attacks? Why did they contact this man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A Great White shark's appetite is difficult to sate.

Part 1) How is this statement supported by information in this book? Why is its appetite so difficult to sate? How does this guide the shark in its daily life? How might this have played a role in its attacks on humans?

Part 2) Besides its hunger, what else guided the shark towards the shore and humans? Could this have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why not? Are attacks by Great Whites a large threat? Why or why not? What can humans do to protect themselves?

Part 3) Can Great Whites and humans coexist? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done by mankind to improve the Great White's living conditions so that it will not come close to shore and attack humans?

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

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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