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. What happened to the two long distance swimmers on July 6, 1916?

2. The damage to Bruder was so severe, a _________________ injury, that even with modern medical procedures, he could not have been saved.

3. Later scientists attributed Oelrichs' success to what probability?

4. By the time Oelrichs died in __________, no proof of the shark's danger to man had been produced.

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. What information is given about great whites in this section? How is this important?

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

8. What was done for Bruder? Was this adequate? What there anything else that could have been done for him? Why or why not?

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

10. Describe the attack on Bruder.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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