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 headline in the Times read, "_____________________."

2. The shark had traveled ____________ miles north from Beach Haven.

3. Someone on shore thought they saw what, which was actually blood?

4. The editorial noted that people had an unnatural ___________ sharks.

5. What did Charles Bruder want to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Charles Bruder decide to go for a swim?

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

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

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

8. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Most of the attacks described in this book ended in death.

Part 1) Describe these attacks. When did they occur? Where did they occur? Why did they occur? What happened to those who were attacked? Why did the shark attack them in this way?

Part 2) Are shark attacks as deadly today as they were in 1916? Why or why not? Is there anything one can do if he or she is attacked by a shark? If so, what? If not, why not?

Part 3) Is swimming worth the risk of a shark attack? Why or why not? How have the descriptions of these attacks affected your opinion of sharks and swimming in the ocean?

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