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. Who does the boy miss at the beginning of the book?

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

3. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What were the beliefs of many who heard the news of Bruder's death?

5. Describe the teeth of a shark. Why might they be like this?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Several hunts took place to find the man-eating shark.

Part 1) Describe one of these hunts. Who organized this hunt? How was this hunt operated? What information about sharks and other creatures did the men have when organizing this hunt?

Part 2) How successful was this hunt? Explain. How could this hunt have been more efficient and organized?

Part 3) Compare the hunts to each other. Which hunt was more successful? Why was it more successful?

Essay Topic 3

Sharks have existed since the Age of Reptiles.

Part 1) Describe the Great White shark. How is it well-adapted for its environment? Why has it not evolved since the Age of Reptiles? What makes it such a successful species? How does this also make it a danger to humans?

Part 2) How is the shark repeatedly shown to be a powerful and dangerous creature? Although dangerous, is the shark an evil man-eater? Why or why not? How do other areas of the book support your response?

Part 3) What is another animal that is high on the food chain and adapts well to changes in its environment? How does this animal compare to the shark? How dangerous is this animal to mankind? Explain.

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