Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Capuzzo
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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. A lunar eclipse would be occurring on July _______ that year.

2. There was a report of a thirteen-foot tiger shark that was towed ashore while still alive regurgitating, among other items, what?

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

4. On July ________, 1916, Renny Cartan, Jr., his cousin Johnson Cartan, and some other friends took off for the swimming hole at the nearby creek.

5. Fisher immediately closed his ____________ shop and ran to the creek.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

3. How was John Nichols finally forced to believe that sharks could be deadly to humans?

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

5. Describe what took place on July 7, 1916.

6. What proof does Chapter 11 give to suggest this was a young shark?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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) Compare the hunts to each other. Which hunt was more successful? Why was it more successful?

Essay Topic 3

The shark swam into a fresh water creek.

Part 1) Why did the shark do this? What did this reveal about the shark at this time? How might the shark's state of mind have played a role in the many attacks along the Matawan Creek?

Part 2) What could have been done to keep the shark out of the creek? Might tactics such as this be used today? Why or why not? Do you see creeks as being dangerous now because of this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) In what ways has man tried to control nature to make life better for all mankind? What are the results of these attempts? Why? Should man attempt to control nature? Why or why not?

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