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 shark do to Renny?

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

3. Most of the flesh on Fisher's thigh from his hip to his knee was gone. When a doctor was finally rounded up, he observed that the bone was not severed but his ____________ artery was bleeding profusely.

4. The ____________________ sensationalized the incident by describing in detail the gore of the attack.

5. The next morning, retired ______________ Thomas V. Cottrell was walking along the bank of the creek.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do events in this story prove that not everyone had heard about the man-eating shark?

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

3. How were New York and New Jersey's economies affected by this shark? How did the people of these states react to this? How did this lead to federal government efforts?

4. 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?

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

6. How did the boys react to Lester Stilwell being pull under by the shark? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

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

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

9. What led the shark to Matawan?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Great White still greatly remains a mystery.

Part 1) What is known about the Great White? How has this information been found? Why is more not known about this shark? How does this support the fact that the shark has remained greatly unchanged since the Age of Reptiles?

Part 2) Would knowing more about Great Whites help or hurt this powerful shark? Why? How could knowing more about this shark benefit humans? Why? How could more be learned about this shark? What technologies might be beneficial in learning more?

Part 3) What other animals still remain a mystery to mankind? Why? Why do humans desire to understand the animal kingdom and other aspects of our world? Does this knowledge truly benefit the creatures living on our planet? 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

The news of the shark attack on Charles Vansant, was kept quiet.

Part 1) How did people initially react to the attack on Charles and his subsequent death? Why did they react this way? Should they have reacted this way? Why or why not? Are you surprised they reacted this way? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did people react as more people were attacked by this shark? Why did they react this way? How did this affect the Jersey shore? What did this reveal about the people's feelings regarding these attacks?

Part 3) How do you think the general public would respond to a shark attack today? Why do you think they would react this way? Are shark attacks more likely today than they were in the past? Why or why not? Should the public worry more today about shark attacks? Why or why not?

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