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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. His back is already hurting him, and then what begins to give him pain?
(a) His hand cramps.
(b) He cuts himself with a knife.
(c) The sunlight gives him a headache.
(d) His neck hurts from continually looking down at the water.

2. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?
(a) That he has been headed the wrong way.
(b) That people are worrying about him.
(c) That the boy won't be there to help him.
(d) That the bones of the marlin will fall off.

3. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?
(a) Two oars, the tiller, and a short club.
(b) A broken knife, some big fish hooks, and the oars.
(c) The oars, the anchor, and some line.
(d) The broken water bottle, the oars, and a club.

4. What does Santiago like to read in the newspaper?
(a) The weather forecasts.
(b) The baseball scores.
(c) The racing odds.
(d) The funny pages.

5. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?
(a) The sharks come in a pack to get the rest of the marlin.
(b) He is able to fight off the sharks in the dark.
(c) The sharks leave as he gets near the city.
(d) His hands are well enough to use both of them with the club.

6. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?
(a) That he was still alive.
(b) That it was all a dream.
(c) That the worst was over.
(d) That he had killed the shark.

7. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?
(a) From the seagulls.
(b) From the currents.
(c) From the clouds.
(d) From the curve of his sail.

8. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?
(a) He wants to get free tickets to a Yankee game.
(b) He would like to talk about baseball while he fished.
(c) He heard that DiMaggio's father was a fisherman.
(d) He thinks DiMaggio would be good at clubbing sharks to death.

9. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?
(a) Before it is light.
(b) All night.
(c) Right after daybreak.
(d) By noon.

10. What does Santiago do when another fish takes the bait on another line?
(a) He hopes it is small enough to attract other big fish.
(b) He cuts it loose.
(c) He drops anchor.
(d) He laughs at his good luck.

11. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(b) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(c) Man cannot lose a battle.
(d) Man will always win over animals.

12. 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.

13. What is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?
(a) To let the boat turn around and around as the fish circles.
(b) To jump in to fight the fish.
(c) To let out the line.
(d) To give the fish less and less line.

14. Why does Santiago tell the fish not to jump?
(a) For fear that it will attract sharks.
(b) For fear that the hook will work itself loose.
(c) For fear that it will flood the boat.
(d) For fear that the line will have to be let out again.

15. What does Santiago reply when the boy asks how much he suffered?
(a) Plenty.
(b) Not at all.
(c) Not much.
(d) Only my hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?

2. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?

3. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?

4. What is the meaning of salao?

5. What does Santiago believe are in the sea?

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