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

2. Where was this bay located?

3. The reporters had endless questions about what?

4. He was finally able to get away from it and was carrying what was left of Lester to the shore when what happened?

5. As the shark-patrol steered its motorboats back and forth, hunting for the shark, the shark was doing what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to both Joseph and Stanley Fisher?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

This book begins with Charles Vansant swimming in the ocean.

Part 1) What feelings does this chapter evoke in the reader? How are these feelings continued throughout the book? What is the purpose of these feelings? How might these feelings influence the reader regarding his or her view of Great Whites?

Part 2) Why does the author choose to tell Charles' story in several chapters, separated by other chapters about sharks? What is the purpose of mixing stories of shark attacks with objective information about the life of a shark?

Part 3) How does the author seem to feel about sharks? Why might he feel this way? Use the book to support your response. How do you feel about sharks after reading this book? Why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

The shark swam into a fresh water creek.

Part 1) Why did the shark do this? What did this reveal about the shark at this time? How might the shark's state of mind have played a role in the many attacks along the Matawan Creek?

Part 2) What could have been done to keep the shark out of the creek? Might tactics such as this be used today? Why or why not? Do you see creeks as being dangerous now because of this event? Why or why not?

Part 3) In what ways has man tried to control nature to make life better for all mankind? What are the results of these attempts? Why? Should man attempt to control nature? Why or why not?

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