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. Nichols still maintained that an orca was responsible for the attacks. He soon realized that what would not accommodate a killer whale?

2. The reporters had endless questions about what?

3. ___________________ of sharks were hunted down and slaughtered.

4. Cottrell did what to warn people about the shark?

5. By July _______, bathers returned and ventured back into the water, seeming to forget about the recent attacks.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Lucas and others think about the idea of man-eating sharks? How did they support this belief?

3. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

5. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. What might have drawn the shark to the shark-patrol boat? Why?

10. Describe the first realization that a shark had entered the Matawan Creek.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Great White sharks do not like the taste of humans.

Part 1) How does this book support this statement? Why might sharks not like the taste of humans? Why would a shark attack a human, if it does not like the taste of humans?

Part 2) What does the attack and eating of humans say about the mindset of a shark? How does it support the way in which they are programed to hunt?

Part 3) Why do other animals that are a danger to humans attack humans? What do these animals have in common? How should humans deal with these dangers? Why should they deal with them in this way?

Essay Topic 2

Most of the attacks described in this book ended in death.

Part 1) Describe these attacks. When did they occur? Where did they occur? Why did they occur? What happened to those who were attacked? Why did the shark attack them in this way?

Part 2) Are shark attacks as deadly today as they were in 1916? Why or why not? Is there anything one can do if he or she is attacked by a shark? If so, what? If not, why not?

Part 3) Is swimming worth the risk of a shark attack? Why or why not? How have the descriptions of these attacks affected your opinion of sharks and swimming in the ocean?

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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