Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Capuzzo
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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 juvenile shark that killed Bruder had probably been frightened off by what?

2. Coppleson applied his theory to many locales around the world, including South Africa, Puerto Rico and _________________.

3. How was Fisher able to fight against the shark?

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

5. The beating with the oar and the gunshots had, like some old-time fishermen predicted, probably done what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What led the shark to Matawan?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stanley Fisher died trying to save Lester Stillwell.

Part 1) Describe the attack on Lester and Fisher's attempt to save him. Why did Fisher decide to try to save Lester? Did he believe he could save Lester's life? Why or why not? What did this decision to go after Lester reveal about Fisher?

Part 2) Would you be willing to risk your life to save another? Why or why not?

Part 3) Should Fisher have jumped in after Lester? Why or why not? Did this action on Fisher's part make him a hero? Why or why not?

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

George Burgess believed the shark that attacked the Jersey Shore in 1916 was a rogue shark.

Part 1) What is a rogue shark? How did Burgess come to this conclusion about certain sharks and specifically this one? Do you believe he is accurate in describing this shark as a rogue shark? Why or why not?

Part 2) Does the author seem to believe this shark is a rogue shark? Why or why not? Do you believe rogue sharks exist? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you believe other animals, including humans, can be rogue creatures? Why or why not? How much more dangerous would these types of creatures be than those who were not classified as "rogue?"

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