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. As Gertrude stroked along parallel to the coastline, what happened to her?

2. Leonard Hill planned to swim out a quarter-mile from the coast and then ________ miles due south.

3. Bruder boasted that he was not afraid of sharks. Why was he not afraid?

4. There were some ______________ people in the water the day following the attack on Charles Vansant.

5. The shark was estimated to be _______ feet long and weighed around 500 pounds.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

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

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

7. Had any new evidence come in regarding the dangers of sharks by the time Oelrichs died? Why or why not?

8. Why is it more dangerous to swim with dogs?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The news of the shark attack on Charles Vansant, was kept quiet.

Part 1) How did people initially react to the attack on Charles and his subsequent death? Why did they react this way? Should they have reacted this way? Why or why not? Are you surprised they reacted this way? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did people react as more people were attacked by this shark? Why did they react this way? How did this affect the Jersey shore? What did this reveal about the people's feelings regarding these attacks?

Part 3) How do you think the general public would respond to a shark attack today? Why do you think they would react this way? Are shark attacks more likely today than they were in the past? Why or why not? Should the public worry more today about shark attacks? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

By the time the shark was caught, many feared swimming in the waters of the Atlantic.

Part 1) Describe the reaction to the news of the shark attacks at the beginning of this book. Why did people react this way? How did this reaction change over the course of the book? Why did it change?

Part 2) How was this fear of swimming in the Atlantic perpetuated for years after the shark was caught? Why were people so fearful after years with no attacks? Should they have been fearful? Why or why not?

Part 3) Should sharks be feared today? Why or why not? What can be done to protect both humans and sharks from each other? Is this being done? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sharks have existed since the Age of Reptiles.

Part 1) Describe the Great White shark. How is it well-adapted for its environment? Why has it not evolved since the Age of Reptiles? What makes it such a successful species? How does this also make it a danger to humans?

Part 2) How is the shark repeatedly shown to be a powerful and dangerous creature? Although dangerous, is the shark an evil man-eater? Why or why not? How do other areas of the book support your response?

Part 3) What is another animal that is high on the food chain and adapts well to changes in its environment? How does this animal compare to the shark? How dangerous is this animal to mankind? Explain.

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