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 US Bureau of ______________ declared that people should not be deterred from going into the waters since "sharks were not vicious" (p. 82). Sharks were deemed to be less a threat to man than horses and dogs.

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

3. Men all over the region were reaching for their rifles and harpoons to hunt the beast down and kill it. A _______________ dollar reward was offered by the mayor of Matawan for the person who killed it.

4. Why might the shark not have been hungry for a short while?

5. The shark hunters spotted what and shot at it repeatedly?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

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

5. What was done to try to catch the shark? Why did people react this way?

6. Whom did newspaper reporters in New York contact regarding shark attacks? Why did they contact this man?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Very few of the shark attack victims were saved.

Part 1) Describe the attacks. Why were they so vicious? What did these attacks all have in common? How were the attacks that were fatal different from those that were not fatal?

Part 2) Why were so many of these attacks fatal? What did this reveal about the shark? What other factors, other than the shark's powerful bite, made the attack more dangerous?

Part 3) Could more of the victims be saved today? Why or why not? What does this say about the power of a shark bite? In what ways might swimmers be safer today from sharks than they were in the past?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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