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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What last weapon does Santiago use against the sharks?
(a) The mast.
(b) A broken bottle.
(c) The tiller.
(d) His fists.

2. Because Santiago always wakes the boy every morning, what does the boy call him?
(a) My big problem.
(b) My tormentor.
(c) My alarm clock.
(d) My morning visitor.

3. 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, don't you understand that you are beaten already?
(c) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?
(d) Fish, you will look good hanging from my wall.

4. What simile does Hemingway use to describe the island of Sargasso seaweed Santiago's boat passes?
(a) Yellow sheets hanging on a line in the sun.
(b) A yellow oil slick on the water.
(c) People making love under a yellow blanket.
(d) Yellow fish swimming just below the surface.

5. Why does Santiago feel sorry for the terns?
(a) He thinks they will get lost over the sea.
(b) He thinks they are incredibly ugly.
(c) He thinks they are too delicate for the sea.
(d) He thinks they are not fast enough and the fish will eat them.

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

7. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?
(a) By noon.
(b) All night.
(c) Before it is light.
(d) Right after daybreak.

8. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?
(a) The marlin is too large.
(b) The skiff is too full of water.
(c) He thinks it would be disrespectful.
(d) He is blinded by seawater and cannot see.

9. What does Santiago think might have caused the fish to jump so much?
(a) Needing more exercise.
(b) A school of dolphins.
(c) Hunger or fear.
(d) Just waking up.

10. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) The look in the marlin's eye.
(b) The damage to his boat.
(c) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.
(d) His damaged hands and his painful back.

11. What is the first thing Santiago asks the boy to bring him when he finally wakes up?
(a) Another cup of coffee with milk and sugar.
(b) A bowl of yellow rice and fish.
(c) The newspapers for the days he was gone.
(d) The head of the marlin.

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

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

14. What indicates the old man's pride?
(a) He always wears a new shirt.
(b) At first refusing to eat what the boy has brought him.
(c) Shame at not having enough yellow rice and fish to share with the boy.
(d) His shame at having such a patched up sail.

15. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a
(a) A sea turtle.
(b) A flying fish.
(c) A warbler.
(d) An albacore.

Short Answer Questions

1. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?

2. What does the old man fear since the shark had taken about forty pounds of flesh off the marlin?

3. How did the old man know the marlin had turned eastward?

4. How does the boy act defensively about Santiago as the fishermen look at the marlin's skeleton?

5. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?

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