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. What did the swimmers do after they learned what danger they had been in?

2. The only known creatures that on rare occasions are known to attack great whites of this size are what?

3. As beach goers ran in to try to pull Charles ashore, the shark with bits of Charles' flesh in his mouth, did what?

4. Charles sensed that he was being followed and probably felt he had reached safety. Why did he feel safe?

5. Twenty-six teeth are contained in the top row and ______________ in the bottom row.

Short Essay Questions

1. What had occurred by July 9th? Why?

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

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 did Fisher do to try to get Lester's body? How did this affect Fisher? Should he have done this? Why or why not?

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

6. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

8. What did Fisher set up in the creek? Why did he do this?

9. After the attack on Charles Bruder, what happened to the news regarding the shark? Why did this happen?

10. What might have drawn the shark to the shore? How is this a plausible explanation?

Essay 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

The Great White still greatly remains a mystery.

Part 1) What is known about the Great White? How has this information been found? Why is more not known about this shark? How does this support the fact that the shark has remained greatly unchanged since the Age of Reptiles?

Part 2) Would knowing more about Great Whites help or hurt this powerful shark? Why? How could knowing more about this shark benefit humans? Why? How could more be learned about this shark? What technologies might be beneficial in learning more?

Part 3) What other animals still remain a mystery to mankind? Why? Why do humans desire to understand the animal kingdom and other aspects of our world? Does this knowledge truly benefit the creatures living on our planet? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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