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. The _______________ Hotel's young bell captain, Charles Bruder, decided to slip away for an afternoon swim.

2. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

3. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.

4. In 1915, a _______________ editorial was written entitled, "Let Us Do Justice To Sharks."

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?

2. What information is given about great whites in this section? How is this important?

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

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

5. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What happens by the time a shark is eight years old? How is this significant?

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

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

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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