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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the boy's name?
(a) Jose.
(b) Manolin.
(c) Gabriel.
(d) Pedrico.

2. How thick is the line the old man uses to catch big fish?
(a) A big around as his thumb.
(b) Very small but strong.
(c) As big around as a pencil.
(d) About as thick as an oar handle.

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

4. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?
(a) No, because it is fickle.
(b) Yes. Sometimes.
(c) Yes, because it is always there.
(d) No, because it storms a lot in the Caribbean.

5. During the time Santiago had the marlin on his line, what does he think the marlin does not know?
(a) That there is a man on the other end of the line and the man is old.
(b) That it is possible for him to work the hook out of his mouth.
(c) That the boat is not just another big fish.
(d) That he has no chance to escape from the hook and line.

6. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?
(a) He sees the waves get still.
(b) He sees the fish shimmer in the dawn light.
(c) He sees his fishing line moving.
(d) He sees the man-of-war bird.

7. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will refuse to eat him.
(b) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(c) They are unworthy to eat him.
(d) They will be more dignified than the marlin.

8. What does Hemingway mean when he says that the old man harpooned the shark with resolution and complete malignancy?
(a) The old man was dying of skin cancer.
(b) The old man was unsure of what to do.
(c) The old man was acting out of instinct.
(d) The old man was motivated by hate.

9. How long had their last dry spell lasted before the old man and the boy caught some good fish?
(a) 67 days.
(b) 84 days.
(c) 86 days.
(d) 64 days.

10. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?
(a) The man-of-war bird circling overhead.
(b) Dolphins.
(c) A shark.
(d) The rising sun.

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

12. How is he able to clean the dolphin?
(a) By using his left hand and right foot.
(b) By tying the line to the marlin on the thale.
(c) By using his right hand and holding it steady with his foot.
(d) By leaving its skin on and only removing its entrails.

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

14. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?
(a) Coconut and barbecue.
(b) Yellow rice and fish.
(c) Tuna sandwiches.
(d) Sardines and saltine crackers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when the shovel-nose shark comes and Santiago stabs it in the brain with his makeshift harpoon?

2. After he finally gets to the shack and puts down the mast, what does Santiago find?

3. What does Santiago plan to do to change his luck?

4. Why does the old man scoop water from the sea after the marlin stops jumping?

5. In great pain from the cold, what does the old man hope for?

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