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

2. The juvenile shark that killed Bruder had probably been frightened off by what?

3. In 1922, two _____________ were attacked and killed at the same location, Coogee Beach, by large sharks that struck them with such force that they were lifted from the water.

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. The shark craved large mammals rich with what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What led the shark to Matawan?

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

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

8. Describe the health of the average great white. How does this compare to the juvenile shark that attacked in 1916?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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) Do you believe that this shark should have been hunted? Why or why not? How does the author feel about hunting and killing this shark? Use the book to support your response.

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