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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. When Lester was pulled under by the shark, the boys ran into town and told ___________________ what had happened.
2. Just before they gave up, Fisher decided to dive one more time. He resurfaced and told Lester's waiting parents and the others what?
3. The men thought once the shark was killed, it would do what?
4. What was done to keep swimmers safe in the Asbury Park area?
5. The shark withstood the vengeance of man and days enduring life-threatening fresh water and made its way to ______________ Bay.
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 Lucas and others think about the idea of man-eating sharks? How did they support this belief?
3. What led the shark to Matawan?
4. Describe the first realization that a shark had entered the Matawan Creek.
5. What is a rogue shark? How did this term come about?
6. Why might Bruder's legs not have been satisfying for the shark?
7. 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?
8. What was done to help keep swimmers safe? Was this effective? Why or why not?
9. What did Coppleson think of the shark attacks of 1916? How does this compare to other beliefs at the time and beliefs today?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Many of the resorts along the Jersey shore wanted to keep their beaches open.
Part 1) What attempts were made to keep these beaches open? Were these good ideas? Why or why not? Should the beaches have been kept open? Why or why not?
Part 2) What other disasters might affect the economy of a beach community like the Jersey shore? How might those living in and visiting these communities deal with these disasters?
Part 3) When have communities or the government kept information from the general public to keep the economy from collapsing? How did this, in the end, affect the economy?
Essay Topic 3
Very few of the shark attack victims were saved.
Part 1) Describe the attacks. Why were they so vicious? What did these attacks all have in common? How were the attacks that were fatal different from those that were not fatal?
Part 2) Why were so many of these attacks fatal? What did this reveal about the shark? What other factors, other than the shark's powerful bite, made the attack more dangerous?
Part 3) Could more of the victims be saved today? Why or why not? What does this say about the power of a shark bite? In what ways might swimmers be safer today from sharks than they were in the past?
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