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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?
(a) He thinks it would be disrespectful.
(b) The skiff is too full of water.
(c) He is blinded by seawater and cannot see.
(d) The marlin is too large.

3. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When he thought he heard an airplane.
(b) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(c) When the winds died down.
(d) When it is time to return to the island.

4. As he heads home and stops to look back, what does Santiago see?
(a) Small sharks trying to get the last of the meat off the marlin.
(b) Nothing, because there is no light.
(c) The skeleton of the great fish lashed to the skiff.
(d) Gulls swarming around his boat.

5. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?
(a) The man-of-war bird lands on his boat.
(b) A dolphin jumps over his boat.
(c) Something tugging at his line.
(d) The wind gets stronger.

6. How long does Santiago think he will be out to sea the morning he leaves to go far out?
(a) Three days.
(b) One day.
(c) Only that morning.
(d) Two days.

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

8. What contrast does Santiago think about that shows the hard work ahead of him as night falls?
(a) He thinks about how deep the marlin is and how high the stars are.
(b) He thinks about having to kill the marlin and is glad he does not have to kill the stars.
(c) He thinks about how much larger the marlin is than the tiny stars.
(d) He considers the difference between night and day while fishing.

9. Santiago hates these sharks because they were something more than killers like the Mako shark. What is that?
(a) Ugly.
(b) Man eaters.
(c) Stupid.
(d) Scavengers.

10. How does the old man console himself as he returns home?
(a) The boy will be there waiting for him.
(b) There is little damage to his boat.
(c) He will never have to go fishing again.
(d) He promises himself never to go that far out again.

11. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?
(a) Why am I not dreaming of lions?
(b) What happened to the marlin's dignity?
(c) Why didn't I just tow him behind the skiff?
(d) Is he bringing me in or am I bringing him in?

12. Why does the old man never jerk on the line?
(a) It would take away too much of his own strength.
(b) A jerk on the line might make the fish pull him overboard.
(c) His hand is too cramped up to jerk on the line.
(d) Each jerk widens the cut the hook makes and with a jump the fish might throw it off.

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

14. By nightfall of the third day, what does Santiago expect to see?
(a) The lights of Havana.
(b) A few stars.
(c) More sharks attacking his boat.
(d) Other fishing boats out at night.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man speculate he could use to buy good luck?

2. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?

3. What does Santiago dream of?

4. What is the boy's name?

5. What is the meaning of salao?

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