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

2. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?

3. Why did Bruder give several bellmen a break to join at the beach?

4. The Vansants stayed at the stylish _____________ Hotel, where the upper crust enjoyed their respite.

5. Many years later, ichthyologist George Burgess concluded that the shark was a _________, serial killer, but in the rhetoric of the day, the shark was a sea monster.

Short Essay Questions

1. What about swimmers specifically at this time helped sharks to believe humans were actually sea creatures? Would this be a problem today? Why or why not?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

7. 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?

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

9. What might have drawn the shark to Charles Vansant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The shark swam into a fresh water creek.

Part 1) Why did the shark do this? What did this reveal about the shark at this time? How might the shark's state of mind have played a role in the many attacks along the Matawan Creek?

Part 2) What could have been done to keep the shark out of the creek? Might tactics such as this be used today? Why or why not? Do you see creeks as being dangerous now because of this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) In what ways has man tried to control nature to make life better for all mankind? What are the results of these attempts? Why? Should man attempt to control nature? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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