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 boys ran to Stanley Fisher, who was what?

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

3. Cottrell did what to warn people about the shark?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the resorts along the Jersey shore wanted to keep their beaches open.

Part 1) What attempts were made to keep these beaches open? Were these good ideas? Why or why not? Should the beaches have been kept open? Why or why not?

Part 2) What other disasters might affect the economy of a beach community like the Jersey shore? How might those living in and visiting these communities deal with these disasters?

Part 3) When have communities or the government kept information from the general public to keep the economy from collapsing? How did this, in the end, affect the economy?

Essay Topic 2

Human-like bones were found in the belly of the shark.

Part 1) Describe the catching of the shark. How did it finally die? Could the shark have been killed if it had been full-grown or healthy? Why or why not? What does this reinforce about the power of sharks?

Part 2) What was found in the belly of the shark? Were the bones definitively found to be human remains? Why or why not? How might an investigation such as this have been different today? Why?

Part 3) Was there adequate proof that this was the shark that attacked and killed so many people? Why or why not? Do you believe the same shark attacked and/or killed all these people? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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) Do you believe that this shark should have been hunted? Why or why not? How does the author feel about hunting and killing this shark? Use the book to support your response.

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