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. ________________ were strapped to the boats as gunmen stood waiting for the shark to surface.

2. In New York City, some newspaper reporters visited whose office?

3. Suddenly, Joseph was being pulled down by his leg. His brother Michael and a rescuer, Jacob Lefferts, both leaped in the water and tried to wrest Joseph from the shark's mouth. They were able to pull Joseph out and onto whose boat?

4. The great white can grow to _____________ feet or more and weigh several tons.

5. The next morning, retired ______________ Thomas V. Cottrell was walking along the bank of the creek.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Fisher set up in the creek? Why did he do this?

5. Describe the health of the average great white. How does this compare to the juvenile shark that attacked in 1916?

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

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

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

9. What is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Sharks have existed since the Age of Reptiles.

Part 1) Describe the Great White shark. How is it well-adapted for its environment? Why has it not evolved since the Age of Reptiles? What makes it such a successful species? How does this also make it a danger to humans?

Part 2) How is the shark repeatedly shown to be a powerful and dangerous creature? Although dangerous, is the shark an evil man-eater? Why or why not? How do other areas of the book support your response?

Part 3) What is another animal that is high on the food chain and adapts well to changes in its environment? How does this animal compare to the shark? How dangerous is this animal to mankind? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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