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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 eat to keep up his strength?
(a) Raw tuna.
(b) The last of his bait.
(c) Tacos the boy gave him.
(d) The man-of-war bird.

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

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

4. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?
(a) It begins circling the boat.
(b) It picks up speed and swims on top of the water.
(c) It tries to chew the line.
(d) It jumps every ten minutes.

5. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?
(a) The fish had filled its air sacs and could not dive deep again.
(b) He thinks the fish is about to die.
(c) When the fish jumps the boat stands still.
(d) He was getting a good look at his fish.

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

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

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

9. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?
(a) The great fish surfaces.
(b) There is a beautiful sunrise.
(c) His line breaks.
(d) A storm comes up.

10. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?
(a) He thinks he has two fish on his line.
(b) He tells himself to let the fish go.
(c) He thinks he sees the fish turning green.
(d) He tells the fish to come and kill him.

11. What effect did his movement and the hot sun during the day have on Santiago?
(a) His hand uncramped.
(b) There was more bleeding from the cuts on his hands.
(c) He felt like a young man again.
(d) His backache went away.

12. What two spots does Santiago hit on the first brown shark?
(a) The underbelly and the dorsal fin.
(b) Both eyes.
(c) The jaw and the fins.
(d) The brain and the eye.

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

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

15. Santiago is far out at sea and the fish is from deep waters. What comparison does Santiago make?
(a) Both of them are old and past their prime.
(b) There is no one to help either of them.
(c) They must weigh about the same.
(d) They are like to gladiators in the arena.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What assistance for the old man does the boy try to get?

3. What does the old man do to prepare for the arrival of the shark?

4. During the time Santiago had the marlin on his line, what does he think the marlin does not know?

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

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