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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?
(a) He will invite the whole village for a fish dinner.
(b) He will make a pilgrimmage to the Virgin of Cobre.
(c) He will never go fishing again.
(d) He will demand that the boy's parents let him come back to him.

2. What assistance for the old man does the boy try to get?
(a) He tries to get a new sail for Santiago's boat.
(b) He tries to get better bait for Santiago.
(c) He tries to get his mother to make food for Santiago.
(d) He tries to get the boat he is now on to go far out near the old man.

3. Santiago is far out at sea and the fish is from deep waters. What comparison does Santiago make?
(a) There is no one to help either of them.
(b) They must weigh about the same.
(c) They are like to gladiators in the arena.
(d) Both of them are old and past their prime.

4. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?
(a) For heaven's sake, turn around and go the other way.
(b) Fish, aren't you getting tired yet?
(c) Come on up and let me get a good look at you!
(d) I'll stay with you until I'm dead!

5. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?
(a) Arguing with the fishermen who made fun of Santiago.
(b) Saving newspapers for Santiago to read.
(c) Stopping by Santiago's shack every morning.
(d) Waking up late so he did not have to go fishing.

6. What does the old man think about a cramp?
(a) It is something that goes away quickly.
(b) It is better than having to vomit.
(c) It will make him stop fishing.
(d) It humiliates oneself.

7. What word does Santiago utter that Hemingway says there is no translation for?
(a) Ay
(b) Mala
(c) Brisa
(d) Galanos

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

9. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?
(a) Never eat on the boat again.
(b) Bring sandwiches.
(c) Bring along salt and limes.
(d) Rig up a stove on his skiff.

10. Who does Santiago think would be proud of him after he gets the fish lashed to the boat?
(a) The boy.
(b) The other fishermen in the village.
(c) The great DiMaggio.
(d) God.

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

12. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?
(a) When the fish jumps the boat stands still.
(b) The fish had filled its air sacs and could not dive deep again.
(c) He thinks the fish is about to die.
(d) He was getting a good look at his fish.

13. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?
(a) Dugout work.
(b) Slave work.
(c) Boy Scout work.
(d) Easy work.

14. What does the old man think is a greater punishment for the marlin than the hook in his mouth?
(a) Sharks that he cannot escape because of the hook and line.
(b) The fact that he cannot sleep.
(c) Hunger and fighting something he does no comprehend.
(d) The indignity of being caught by a man.

15. 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 have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(b) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.
(c) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(d) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does he know which way to sail?

2. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?

3. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?

4. When do the sharks return after Santiago loses his makeshift harpoon?

5. Why does Santiago think he may have to fight again before he reaches Havana?

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