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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 probably made Charles more vulnerable?
2. Beach life had deteriorated in some minds from the many young people visiting, who engaged in what?
3. Mrs. Vansant was somewhat concerned about the possible ruckus on the Jersey Shore due to the hordes of visitors expected and a controversy over what?
4. Of what was Bruder certain regarding Vansant?
5. Bruder's injuries and death were recorded and attributed to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the attack on Bruder.
2. When did information regarding Charles' death finally appear in the news? Describe this information. Why might it the information have appeared this way?
3. How did shark attacks become more possible in the summer of 1916?
4. What happens by the time a shark is eight years old? How is this significant?
5. Describe the teeth of a shark. Why might they be like this?
6. What information is given about a specific shark? Why is this information important?
7. What did most people think about the idea of a shark attacking a human? Why did they believe this?
8. When word spread about the attack on Charles Vansant, what did many hotel guests think?
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Most of the attacks described in this book ended in death.
Part 1) Describe these attacks. When did they occur? Where did they occur? Why did they occur? What happened to those who were attacked? Why did the shark attack them in this way?
Part 2) Are shark attacks as deadly today as they were in 1916? Why or why not? Is there anything one can do if he or she is attacked by a shark? If so, what? If not, why not?
Part 3) Is swimming worth the risk of a shark attack? Why or why not? How have the descriptions of these attacks affected your opinion of sharks and swimming in the ocean?
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
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?
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