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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. The great white, even in modern times, remains what?
2. People on the beach noticed what about Charles?
3. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?
4. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?
5. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did most people think about the idea of a shark attacking a human? Why did they believe this?
2. Describe the 1891 experiment. Is this a valid experiment? Why or why not?
3. How is the behavior of a young shark different from an older shark? What might this say about the shark that attacked in 1916?
4. What information is given about a specific shark? Why is this information important?
5. Had any new evidence come in regarding the dangers of sharks by the time Oelrichs died? Why or why not?
6. Describe the attack on Bruder.
7. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?
8. Why might the hotel have kept Charles' death a secret?
9. What happens by the time a shark is eight years old? How is this significant?
10. What might have drawn the shark to the shore? How is this a plausible explanation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Human-like bones were found in the belly of the shark.
Part 1) Describe the catching of the shark. How did it finally die? Could the shark have been killed if it had been full-grown or healthy? Why or why not? What does this reinforce about the power of sharks?
Part 2) What was found in the belly of the shark? Were the bones definitively found to be human remains? Why or why not? How might an investigation such as this have been different today? Why?
Part 3) Was there adequate proof that this was the shark that attacked and killed so many people? Why or why not? Do you believe the same shark attacked and/or killed all these people? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Very few of the shark attack victims were saved.
Part 1) Describe the attacks. Why were they so vicious? What did these attacks all have in common? How were the attacks that were fatal different from those that were not fatal?
Part 2) Why were so many of these attacks fatal? What did this reveal about the shark? What other factors, other than the shark's powerful bite, made the attack more dangerous?
Part 3) Could more of the victims be saved today? Why or why not? What does this say about the power of a shark bite? In what ways might swimmers be safer today from sharks than they were in the past?
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