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

2. Dr. Nichols, after viewing Bruder's wounds, concluded what?

3. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?

4. 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.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the official report after Charles Bruder's death? What was done as this report was being filed?

3. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?

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

5. 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?

6. How is the behavior of a young shark different from an older shark? What might this say about the shark that attacked in 1916?

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

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

9. When did information regarding Charles' death finally appear in the news? Describe this information. Why might it the information have appeared this way?

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

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

By the end of the book, the shark was quite ill.

Part 1) Describe the shark. How big was it? How old did they estimate it to be? What was its life like? How was it affected by its travels up the Atlantic coast? Why did it travel north? How did the weakening of the shark and its constant hunger affect those living along the coast?

Part 2) What role might humans play in the shark coming close to shore? How might humans have also played a role in the shark's ill health? What could be done to keep Great Whites alive and healthy and to protect humans as well?

Part 3) How influential is mankind on the natural world? How has the natural world and its creatures been affected by human populations, pollutions, and other actions? What can be done to reverse some of these effects?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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