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. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

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

3. Who ordered everyone out of the water?

4. The great white that attacked the swimmer in 1916 was probably born in the Atlantic around ___________.

5. A sense of ___________________ is felt by the end of the first chapter.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did most people think about the idea of a shark attacking a human? Why did they believe this?

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

5. When did information regarding Charles' death finally appear in the news? Describe this information. Why might it the information have appeared this way?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why did Charles feel he had reached the shore safely, even though he knew he was being followed? Why might the shark have attacked him anyway?

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

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) Do you believe that this shark should have been hunted? Why or why not? How does the author feel about hunting and killing this shark? Use the book to support your response.

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

By the end of the book, the shark was quite ill.

Part 1) Describe the shark. How big was it? How old did they estimate it to be? What was its life like? How was it affected by its travels up the Atlantic coast? Why did it travel north? How did the weakening of the shark and its constant hunger affect those living along the coast?

Part 2) What role might humans play in the shark coming close to shore? How might humans have also played a role in the shark's ill health? What could be done to keep Great Whites alive and healthy and to protect humans as well?

Part 3) How influential is mankind on the natural world? How has the natural world and its creatures been affected by human populations, pollutions, and other actions? What can be done to reverse some of these effects?

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