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 had drawn the shark?

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

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

4. What did Fisher set up so the boy's body wouldn't wash out to sea?

5. The great white can grow to _____________ feet or more and weigh several tons.

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. Describe what took place on July 7, 1916.

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

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 is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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