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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago reply when the boy asks how much he suffered?
(a) Only my hands.
(b) Not much.
(c) Plenty.
(d) Not at all.

2. What does Santiago mean when he says that he must think because that is all he has left?
(a) As long as he keeps on thinking, he knows he is still alive.
(b) His thinking will help keep him awake after losing so much sleep.
(c) Thinking will keep him from feeling lonely without the boy there to help him.
(d) He can only survive by using the intelligence he has that sharks do not have.

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

4. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?
(a) As he hauls the marlin's bones out of the water.
(b) As he furls the sail.
(c) As he walks up the hill to his shack.
(d) As he ties the boat to a rock.

5. What advice does Santiago give the boy about the boat he is now working on?
(a) Save money and buy that boat.
(b) Stay there while the luck is still working for that boat.
(c) Leave the boat before its luck runs out.
(d) Come back and go fishing with him.

6. What sound of nature replaces human sounds as Santiago rows farther and farther out to sea?
(a) The chatter of dolphins searching for breakfast.
(b) The call of humpback whales.
(c) The hissing of the wings of flying fish.
(d) The lapping of the waves against the skiff.

7. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?
(a) His hands are well enough to use both of them with the club.
(b) The sharks come in a pack to get the rest of the marlin.
(c) He is able to fight off the sharks in the dark.
(d) The sharks leave as he gets near the city.

8. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?
(a) The broken water bottle, the oars, and a club.
(b) The oars, the anchor, and some line.
(c) Two oars, the tiller, and a short club.
(d) A broken knife, some big fish hooks, and the oars.

9. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?
(a) Two feet longer than the skiff.
(b) Twice as long as he is tall.
(c) Longer than a small tree is tall.
(d) Twice as long as the last marlin he caught.

10. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?
(a) A frying pan.
(b) A light.
(c) Flying fish bait.
(d) Small fishing nets.

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

12. What does Santiago plan to do to change his luck?
(a) He gets the priest to bless his boat.
(b) He plans to row far out to fish.
(c) He buys a new sail for his boat.
(d) He takes his lucky charms with him.

13. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?
(a) A marlin that once broke his line and got away.
(b) The marlin he and the boy caught 86 days ago.
(c) The first marlin he ever caught.
(d) A female marlin that her mate kept jumping up to see where she was.

14. In great pain from the cold, what does the old man hope for?
(a) That he will not have to fight the sharks again.
(b) That a boat will come out and help him.
(c) That there is a cold beer waiting for him.
(d) That the wind will pick up.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?

2. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?

3. After Santiago goes back to sleep, what is he dreaming of?

4. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?

5. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?

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