Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Final 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 shark craved large mammals rich with what?

2. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?

3. Coppleson applied his theory to many locales around the world, including South Africa, Puerto Rico and _________________.

4. Why can white sharks not survive in fresh water?

5. When Lester was pulled under by the shark, the boys ran into town and told ___________________ what had happened.

Short Essay Questions

1. What might have caused the shark to head north?

2. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the shark?

3. What did Coppleson think of the shark attacks of 1916? How does this compare to other beliefs at the time and beliefs today?

4. What had occurred by July 9th? Why?

5. After the attack on Charles Bruder, what happened to the news regarding the shark? Why did this happen?

6. To what animal is a shark compared? How is this belief supported?

7. What did Fisher do to try to get Lester's body? How did this affect Fisher? Should he have done this? Why or why not?

8. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

9. How were New York and New Jersey's economies affected by this shark? How did the people of these states react to this? How did this lead to federal government efforts?

10. How did the boys react to Lester Stilwell being pull under by the shark? Was this a good idea? 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

A myth regarding a shark's power to kill is frequently supported throughout this book.

Part 1) What is this myth? How might it have begun? How was it supported by experts, as described in this book? How else was this myth perpetuated?

Part 2) How did the general public, as well as the victims of these attacks, suffer from this myth? Even after several of these attacks, why did many continue to believe this myth?

Part 3) How might the events in this story have been different if few people still believed in this myth? Do many believe this myth today? Why or why not? How might this affect the frequency of shark attacks and the education of those who swim in shark-infested waters?

Essay Topic 3

By the end of the book, the shark was quite ill.

Part 1) Describe the shark. How big was it? How old did they estimate it to be? What was its life like? How was it affected by its travels up the Atlantic coast? Why did it travel north? How did the weakening of the shark and its constant hunger affect those living along the coast?

Part 2) What role might humans play in the shark coming close to shore? How might humans have also played a role in the shark's ill health? What could be done to keep Great Whites alive and healthy and to protect humans as well?

Part 3) How influential is mankind on the natural world? How has the natural world and its creatures been affected by human populations, pollutions, and other actions? What can be done to reverse some of these effects?

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