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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Santiago imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?
(a) To show him how big he was.
(b) To get some air.
(c) To see what manner of man he was fighting with.
(d) To see if the hook would fall out.

3. What does the old man think about to build up his courage as the sun sets on the second day?
(a) He remembers surviving after falling overboard.
(b) He remembers arm wrestling and defeating the Negro from Cienfuegos.
(c) He recalls killing a shark while he was swimming one day.
(d) He thinks about how the boy looks up to him as a great fisherman.

4. What happens to snap the old man out of his conversation with the bird?
(a) The fish gives a strong yank on the line.
(b) An albacore jumps into his boat.
(c) Several shark fins appear in the water.
(d) The bird starts singing.

5. Santiago is pinned down and the line is rushing out around his back and through his hand, cutting them. What makes him think about the boy?
(a) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.
(b) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(c) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(d) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?

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

3. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?

4. How thick is the line the old man uses to catch big fish?

5. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?

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