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. What happened to the animal at which they shot?

2. Much to Everingham's surprise, what did he see?

3. The beating with the oar and the gunshots had, like some old-time fishermen predicted, probably done what?

4. Coppleson felt there was evidence that if a shark experiences killing or mauling humans, he does what?

5. In most cases, white sharks dislike the taste of humans and do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 did Fisher do to try to get Lester's body? How did this affect Fisher? Should he have done this? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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