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. The first to reach Charles was who?

2. The people irrationally linked the great white attack to what?

3. The wealthy family of Dr. Eugene Vansant rode in a Pullman with their nannies and servants for a stay in ______________.

4. The thousands of ________________ that cover their skin aid in their maneuverability and speed.

5. While the young shark is off the coast of Florida, it may be caught in the warm Gulf Stream currents, which does what to the shark?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the attack on Bruder.

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What might have drawn this particular shark north?

9. How did shark attacks become more possible in the summer of 1916?

10. How did Dr. Vansant try to save his son? Why was this not adequate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book Jaws was based on the attacks of 1916.

Part 1) How is this fact important to this book? How popular must this book have been? Why? How did this then lead to the creation of the movie Jaws? What might have been the reaction to the movie? Might reactions have been similar to those at the time of the attacks in 1916? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does the author of the book, Jaws, react to the fear and hatred that is felt towards Great White sharks? Why does he react this way? Are you surprised by his reaction? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author of Jaws regarding the danger that Great Whites may or may not pose? Why or why not? Can Great White sharks and man co-exist peacefully? If so, how? If not, why not?

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

Stanley Fisher died trying to save Lester Stillwell.

Part 1) Describe the attack on Lester and Fisher's attempt to save him. Why did Fisher decide to try to save Lester? Did he believe he could save Lester's life? Why or why not? What did this decision to go after Lester reveal about Fisher?

Part 2) Would you be willing to risk your life to save another? Why or why not?

Part 3) Should Fisher have jumped in after Lester? Why or why not? Did this action on Fisher's part make him a hero? Why or why not?

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