Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.

2. What did Dowling swear?

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

4. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

3. How do events in this story prove that not everyone had heard about the man-eating shark?

4. Why does the great white still remain much of a mystery today?

5. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

6. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

8. Why might the hotel have kept Charles' death a secret?

9. How did Renny's cousin and friends react to the scratch marks on Renny's body and his fear? Why might they have reacted in this way?

10. What is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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