The Old Man and the Sea Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Santiago sees the marlin jump out of the water, what does he realize?
(a) It will take another day to bring in this marlin.
(b) He and the marlin are about the same size.
(c) The marlin is getting very tired and the game is about over.
(d) He is no physical match for the marlin.

2. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?
(a) To keep the lines straight down.
(b) To bring the lines up often so the fish will notice the movement.
(c) To use no more than one line at a time.
(d) To let the boat drift and put the lines at an angle.

3. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.
(b) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.
(c) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(d) God help me to have the cramp go.

4. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He starts going in circles.
(b) He picks up speed.
(c) He changes course and heads south.
(d) None. He continues to swim steadily.

5. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?
(a) He will make a pilgrimmage to the Virgin of Cobre.
(b) He will invite the whole village for a fish dinner.
(c) He will demand that the boy's parents let him come back to him.
(d) He will never go fishing again.

Short Answer Questions

1. What funny thing does Santiago say to himself after thinking about what he had not brought with him on this fishing trip?

2. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?

3. What does his cramped hand make Santiago think about the boy?

4. What amazes Santiago as the boy talks about their first fishing trip?

5. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?

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