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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the old man imagine about the marlin if it had been alive?
(a) He thinks the marlin would get away because it can jump so high.
(b) He thinks the marlin could outswim the sharks.
(c) He imagines it fighting the sharks with the spear on its head.
(d) He imagines the marlin would eat the harks.

2. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?
(a) There is a beautiful sunrise.
(b) The great fish surfaces.
(c) His line breaks.
(d) A storm comes up.

3. How does the old man discover that the fish is slowing down?
(a) From the fact that the breeze subsides.
(b) From the way the flying fish jump shorter distances.
(c) From the way the man-of-war bird has to use his wings more.
(d) From the flow of blood from his hand in the water.

4. Why does the old man scoop water from the sea after the marlin stops jumping?
(a) To wash the dolphin flesh off his face.
(b) To medicate his left hand.
(c) To see the water temperature.
(d) To get a small drink.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What brings the shark towards Santiago's boat?

2. What commonality does Santiago observe in deep water fish when they pick up speed?

3. As Santiago keeps vigil over his line, what does he wish for?

4. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?

5. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a

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