The Old Man and the Sea Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Detailed Summary & Analysis.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago dream of?
(a) Africa and the lions on the beach.
(b) Fishing in a new, large boat.
(c) The women he has known in his youth.
(d) The fights he had when he was young.

2. What happens while Santiago and the boy enjoy a beer on the Terrace?
(a) Some of the fishermen make fun of Santiago while others feel sorry for him.
(b) The boy gets drunk because his is not used to drinking beer.
(c) Santiago discovers that he has no money to pay for the beer.
(d) Santiago feels sad because only the boy will sit and drink with him.

3. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?
(a) He has eaten but the marlin has not.
(b) Night time is easier for a man than for a fish.
(c) On the surface, he can see the stars but the marlin cannot.
(d) He will be able to sleep but the marlin cannot.

4. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?
(a) Anything he catches on the small line will draw the sharks away from the marlin.
(b) In case the marlin lasts another night, he will need something to eat.
(c) He needs to keep busy to get his hand to uncramp.
(d) He thinks doing that will take him mind off his pains.

5. What amusing thing does the old man say to the fish as the fish begins to come nearer the skiff?
(a) Fish, don't you understand that you are beaten already?
(b) Fish, you will look good hanging from my wall.
(c) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?
(d) Fish, why don't you just give up?

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?

2. What is the meaning of salao?

3. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?

4. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?

5. What does Santiago think might have caused the fish to jump so much?

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