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. Confused by the coastline, the shark swam into the mouth of what creek?

2. 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?

3. Joseph Dunn, his brother Michael and their friend Jerry Hollohan in __________________, a community downstream from the town of Matawan, had missed the warnings and cut through the woods for a quick swim in the creek.

4. Fisher and fisherman George _________________ made repeated dives into the murky water but could not find Lester.

5. Most of the flesh on Fisher's thigh from his hip to his knee was gone. When a doctor was finally rounded up, he observed that the bone was not severed but his ____________ artery was bleeding profusely.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What was done to help keep swimmers safe? Was this effective? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

A Great White shark's appetite is difficult to sate.

Part 1) How is this statement supported by information in this book? Why is its appetite so difficult to sate? How does this guide the shark in its daily life? How might this have played a role in its attacks on humans?

Part 2) Besides its hunger, what else guided the shark towards the shore and humans? Could this have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why not? Are attacks by Great Whites a large threat? Why or why not? What can humans do to protect themselves?

Part 3) Can Great Whites and humans coexist? If so, how? If not, why not? What can be done by mankind to improve the Great White's living conditions so that it will not come close to shore and attack humans?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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