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. On board were the architect Stanford White, New York Sun publisher Charles Dana, and close friend ___________________.

2. The shark that attacked in 1916 had returned from the southern waters where he had suffered in his competition with many larger predators. He was tossed northward by what?

3. What did some think had killed Charles Bruder?

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

5. Was it common to see sharks along the Atlantic coast?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Dr. Vansant try to save his son? Why was this not adequate?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What were the beliefs of many who heard the news of Bruder's death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the resorts along the Jersey shore wanted to keep their beaches open.

Part 1) What attempts were made to keep these beaches open? Were these good ideas? Why or why not? Should the beaches have been kept open? Why or why not?

Part 2) What other disasters might affect the economy of a beach community like the Jersey shore? How might those living in and visiting these communities deal with these disasters?

Part 3) When have communities or the government kept information from the general public to keep the economy from collapsing? How did this, in the end, affect the economy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A Great White shark's appetite is difficult to sate.

Part 1) How is this statement supported by information in this book? Why is its appetite so difficult to sate? How does this guide the shark in its daily life? How might this have played a role in its attacks on humans?

Part 2) Besides its hunger, what else guided the shark towards the shore and humans? Could this have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why not? Are attacks by Great Whites a large threat? Why or why not? What can humans do to protect themselves?

Part 3) Can Great Whites and humans coexist? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done by mankind to improve the Great White's living conditions so that it will not come close to shore and attack humans?

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