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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when the shovel-nose shark comes and Santiago stabs it in the brain with his makeshift harpoon?
(a) At that moment the wind dies down.
(b) The knife blade snaps off.
(c) The knife comes untied from the oar.
(d) The shark almost pulls the old man overboard.

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

3. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?
(a) Hitting a home run.
(b) The teeth of the shark.
(c) The pain of a sting ray's attack.
(d) Joe DiMaggio's bone spur.

4. How thick is the line the old man uses to catch big fish?
(a) Very small but strong.
(b) As big around as a pencil.
(c) About as thick as an oar handle.
(d) A big around as his thumb.

5. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents think Santiago has bad character.
(b) His parents do not want him to go to sea.
(c) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(d) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.

6. Who does the boy fear will defeat the Yankees?
(a) The Red Sox.
(b) The Cleveland Indians.
(c) The Baltimore Orioles.
(d) The White Sox.

7. What does Santiago believe are in the sea?
(a) Friends and enemies.
(b) Fish bigger than the marlin he caught.
(c) Mermaids and shells.
(d) Sharks and seaweed.

8. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?
(a) From the clouds.
(b) From the curve of his sail.
(c) From the seagulls.
(d) From the currents.

9. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?
(a) That he had killed the shark.
(b) That he was still alive.
(c) That it was all a dream.
(d) That the worst was over.

10. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?
(a) He falls and cannot get up.
(b) He gets tangled up in the sail.
(c) He hears the boy calling his name.
(d) He has a heart attack and dies.

11. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?
(a) He wants to get away from other boats.
(b) He thinks the nearer waters have been fished out.
(c) He thinks big fish may be out where the schools of bonito and albacore stay.
(d) He has never been far out before.

12. What amusing thing does the old man say to the fish as the fish begins to come nearer the skiff?
(a) Fish, why don't you just give up?
(b) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?
(c) Fish, don't you understand that you are beaten already?
(d) Fish, you will look good hanging from my wall.

13. What is the one thing not beautiful about the Mako shark?
(a) His color.
(b) His movements.
(c) His jaws.
(d) His dorsal fin.

14. Knowing what is coming as he approaches the island currents, what makeshift weapon does Santiago come up with?
(a) Carving one of the oars into a baseball bat.
(b) Lashing his knife to the end of an oar.
(c) Making a noose out of the fishing line.
(d) Cutting off the marlin's spear to use as a harpoon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?

2. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?

3. 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?

4. What last weapon does Santiago use against the sharks?

5. How do you know Santiago had never been up in a plane?

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