Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. _________________ miles up the coast from Beach Haven, the New Essex and Sussex Hotel occupied a large piece of real estate on the coast of Spring Lake.

2. What did Dowling swear?

3. After the shark attacked, what had happened to Bruder?

4. The beach-goers of that year made up the largest gathering in the ____________ to date.

5. Noted _________________ Dr. John Treadwell Nichols was called in to investigate the attack.

Short Essay Questions

1. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

3. How do events in this story prove that not everyone had heard about the man-eating shark?

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

5. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

6. Describe the attack on Bruder.

7. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the shark?

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

9. How did Renny's cousin and friends react to the scratch marks on Renny's body and his fear? Why might they have reacted in this way?

10. What is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

This book begins with Charles Vansant swimming in the ocean.

Part 1) What feelings does this chapter evoke in the reader? How are these feelings continued throughout the book? What is the purpose of these feelings? How might these feelings influence the reader regarding his or her view of Great Whites?

Part 2) Why does the author choose to tell Charles' story in several chapters, separated by other chapters about sharks? What is the purpose of mixing stories of shark attacks with objective information about the life of a shark?

Part 3) How does the author seem to feel about sharks? Why might he feel this way? Use the book to support your response. How do you feel about sharks after reading this book? Why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 2

The shark was put on display.

Part 1) Why was the shark put on display? Should it have been put on display? Why or why not? How else has the story of this man-eating shark been sensationalized and dramatized?

Part 2) Are animal attacks typical news stories? Why did this shark become so famous? Why were so many people drawn to the story of this shark? What does this reveal about human nature?

Part 3) Would a story such as this be as exciting today? Would news coverage be as spectacular? Why or why not? Might it be more spectacular? Why or why not?

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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