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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?
(a) Respect for the marlin.
(b) Self-defense.
(c) Saving other lives.
(d) The reward money.

2. 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 talk to him and keep him awake.
(c) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(d) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.

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

4. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?
(a) Lashing the oars across the stern of the skiff to increase drag.
(b) Raising the sail when the wind blows in the opposite direction.
(c) Catching more dolphin and making them pull against the marlin.
(d) Tying off the line and rowing in the opposite direction.

5. 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.

6. What does Santiago think there are people who are paid to do?
(a) Write books about fishing.
(b) Build bigger boats than his.
(c) Think about sin.
(d) Understand the omens.

7. What does the old man speculate he could use to buy good luck?
(a) Another 84 days of bad luck.
(b) A lost harpoon, a broken knife, and two bad hands.
(c) The glow of the city lights on the shore.
(d) The bones of the marlin.

8. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?
(a) That the marlin will come up slowly and eat his dolphin.
(b) That he might die.
(c) That he will become unclear in the head.
(d) That he will fall asleep and go overborad.

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

10. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?
(a) Chopping it up into smaller pieces.
(b) Soaking it in sea water before eating it.
(c) Cutting it up as soon as he caught it and letting it sun dry.
(d) Splashing sea water on the bow and letting it dry to get the salt.

11. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) Before he was in a much larger boat.
(b) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(c) Before he always had someone to help him.
(d) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.

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

13. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?
(a) He recalls being able to see in total darkness.
(b) He remembers he once had night vision like a cat.
(c) He recalls not ever seeing well after the sun went down.
(d) He remembers that horses are blind at night.

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

15. Why does Santiago always dream about lions?
(a) He dreams about lions eating a huge fish they catch.
(b) He has always loved cats because they like fish.
(c) They are something he saw from a ship off the coast of Africa when he was a boy.
(d) Lions make him feel strong and brave.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does Santiago think he will be out to sea the morning he leaves to go far out?

2. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?

3. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?

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

5. Knowing what is coming as he approaches the island currents, what makeshift weapon does Santiago come up with?

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