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

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.

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

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?

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