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 did the men do to attract the shark?

2. The expert and some of his assistants had witnessed sharks first hand and had observed how difficult it was for them to do what?

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

4. Why can white sharks not survive in fresh water?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. If the shark was near the shark-patrol boat, why were they unable to catch it or shoot it?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

A myth regarding a shark's power to kill is frequently supported throughout this book.

Part 1) What is this myth? How might it have begun? How was it supported by experts, as described in this book? How else was this myth perpetuated?

Part 2) How did the general public, as well as the victims of these attacks, suffer from this myth? Even after several of these attacks, why did many continue to believe this myth?

Part 3) How might the events in this story have been different if few people still believed in this myth? Do many believe this myth today? Why or why not? How might this affect the frequency of shark attacks and the education of those who swim in shark-infested waters?

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