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. A young man waded out in the Atlantic, his ______________ dog alongside his master.

2. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?

3. What did Dr. William G. Schauffler immediately order?

4. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.

5. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What about swimmers specifically at this time helped sharks to believe humans were actually sea creatures? Would this be a problem today? Why or why not?

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

4. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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. 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?

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

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

9. What happened to Gertrude Schuyler? Why did this happen?

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

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 time the shark was caught, many feared swimming in the waters of the Atlantic.

Part 1) Describe the reaction to the news of the shark attacks at the beginning of this book. Why did people react this way? How did this reaction change over the course of the book? Why did it change?

Part 2) How was this fear of swimming in the Atlantic perpetuated for years after the shark was caught? Why were people so fearful after years with no attacks? Should they have been fearful? Why or why not?

Part 3) Should sharks be feared today? Why or why not? What can be done to protect both humans and sharks from each other? Is this being done? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The news of the shark attack on Charles Vansant, was kept quiet.

Part 1) How did people initially react to the attack on Charles and his subsequent death? Why did they react this way? Should they have reacted this way? Why or why not? Are you surprised they reacted this way? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did people react as more people were attacked by this shark? Why did they react this way? How did this affect the Jersey shore? What did this reveal about the people's feelings regarding these attacks?

Part 3) How do you think the general public would respond to a shark attack today? Why do you think they would react this way? Are shark attacks more likely today than they were in the past? Why or why not? Should the public worry more today about shark attacks? Why or why not?

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