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. Hearing about the attacks, ichthyologist John Nichols drove from New York City to the Matawan Creek. Where did he stop first?

2. Coppleson cited the North Atlantic attacks of 1916 as those of a rogue shark, even though many American experts maintained what belief?

3. When the attacks stopped, Coppleson took it as what evidence?

4. Renny jumped in the cool, dark waters but soon had what sensation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

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

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

6. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The shark was put on display.

Part 1) Why was the shark put on display? Should it have been put on display? Why or why not? How else has the story of this man-eating shark been sensationalized and dramatized?

Part 2) Are animal attacks typical news stories? Why did this shark become so famous? Why were so many people drawn to the story of this shark? What does this reveal about human nature?

Part 3) Would a story such as this be as exciting today? Would news coverage be as spectacular? Why or why not? Might it be more spectacular? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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) Compare the hunts to each other. Which hunt was more successful? Why was it more successful?

Essay Topic 3

George Burgess believed the shark that attacked the Jersey Shore in 1916 was a rogue shark.

Part 1) What is a rogue shark? How did Burgess come to this conclusion about certain sharks and specifically this one? Do you believe he is accurate in describing this shark as a rogue shark? Why or why not?

Part 2) Does the author seem to believe this shark is a rogue shark? Why or why not? Do you believe rogue sharks exist? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe other animals, including humans, can be rogue creatures? Why or why not? How much more dangerous would these types of creatures be than those who were not classified as "rogue?"

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