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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What amazes Santiago as the boy talks about their first fishing trip?
(a) That the boy has forgotten how big the fish was.
(b) That so many years have passed since that time.
(c) That the boy remembers everything so vividly.
(d) That the boy cannot remember one thing about the trip.

2. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He starts going in circles.
(b) He changes course and heads south.
(c) He picks up speed.
(d) None. He continues to swim steadily.

3. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?
(a) Evidence of sharks in the water.
(b) Sails or smoke from ships.
(c) Signs of land up ahead.
(d) Dangerous reefs he might wreck on.

4. What kind of sharks came the second time?
(a) Yellow sharks.
(b) Great white sharks.
(c) Hammer head sharks.
(d) Shovel-nosed sharks.

5. Obviously a very large fish that is caught on Santiago's line. What does the fish do all night long?
(a) Comes to the surface from time to time.
(b) Tries to pull the boat under the water.
(c) Chases the flying fish.
(d) Pulls the boat farther out to sea.

6. Why do the sharks finally go away?
(a) There is nothing left to eat on the marlin.
(b) They cannot see in the dark.
(c) Their heads hurt from the bat blows.
(d) They know the old man is dying.

7. 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.

8. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?
(a) It will try to knock him out of the boat.
(b) It has no fear and will do whatever it wants.
(c) It will not bother him if it is not hungry.
(d) It will not swim fast enough to catch the boat.

9. As Santiago keeps vigil over his line, what does he wish for?
(a) The water bottle.
(b) The dawn.
(c) The boy.
(d) The food he forgot to bring.

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

11. Using the makeshift bat, what is the old man able to do?
(a) Hurt the sharks badly.
(b) Scare the sharks away.
(c) Beat the sharks to death.
(d) Keep them away from the marlin.

12. After killing the Mako shark, what is Santiago aware of as missing?
(a) The tradewinds.
(b) His casting net.
(c) His harpoon.
(d) The feeling in his left hand.

13. What does the tourist woman think she is seeing as she looks at the fish skeleton?
(a) A fish that died of starvation.
(b) What is left of a shark.
(c) Evidence of a feast the night before.
(d) A biology experiment.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?

3. What does the old man eat to keep up his strength?

4. How does he know which way to sail?

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

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