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. As the young shark develops, his hunger turns him toward prey such as _______________.

2. Some hotel guests worried about the incident, others were sure the incident had been exaggerated and believed what had happened to the young man?

3. News spread of the horrific incident. Some fishermen swore what?

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

5. One fact that made the thought of men being killed or eaten by sharks unrealistic to many was what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What took place as soon as Bruger was brought to shore?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Great White sharks do not like the taste of humans.

Part 1) How does this book support this statement? Why might sharks not like the taste of humans? Why would a shark attack a human, if it does not like the taste of humans?

Part 2) What does the attack and eating of humans say about the mindset of a shark? How does it support the way in which they are programed to hunt?

Part 3) Why do other animals that are a danger to humans attack humans? What do these animals have in common? How should humans deal with these dangers? Why should they deal with them in this way?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the resorts along the Jersey shore wanted to keep their beaches open.

Part 1) What attempts were made to keep these beaches open? Were these good ideas? Why or why not? Should the beaches have been kept open? Why or why not?

Part 2) What other disasters might affect the economy of a beach community like the Jersey shore? How might those living in and visiting these communities deal with these disasters?

Part 3) When have communities or the government kept information from the general public to keep the economy from collapsing? How did this, in the end, affect the economy?

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