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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?
(a) The rising sun.
(b) A shark.
(c) Dolphins.
(d) The man-of-war bird circling overhead.

2. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They are unworthy to eat him.
(b) They will refuse to eat him.
(c) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(d) They will be more dignified than the marlin.

3. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?
(a) Never eat on the boat again.
(b) Rig up a stove on his skiff.
(c) Bring along salt and limes.
(d) Bring sandwiches.

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

5. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?
(a) He will make a pilgrimmage to the Virgin of Cobre.
(b) He will demand that the boy's parents let him come back to him.
(c) He will never go fishing again.
(d) He will invite the whole village for a fish dinner.

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

7. What does Santiago have besides his strength?
(a) The very best equipment.
(b) An unsinkable boat.
(c) The mind of a fish.
(d) Knowledge of many tricks and resolutions.

8. What brings the shark towards Santiago's boat?
(a) The flying fish jumping along side the boat.
(b) A dark cloud of blood from the marlin.
(c) A school of dolphins following the boat.
(d) The sound of Santiago talking out loud.

9. How old was the boy the first time he went fishing with Santiago?
(a) 7 years old.
(b) 5 years old.
(c) 10 years old.
(d) 15 years old.

10. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?
(a) He invites him to his parents' house for supper.
(b) He gives Santiago a new sail for his boat.
(c) He goes every day to help him unload his equipment.
(d) He helps Santiago repaint his boat.

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

12. What does Santiago do when another fish takes the bait on another line?
(a) He cuts it loose.
(b) He drops anchor.
(c) He laughs at his good luck.
(d) He hopes it is small enough to attract other big fish.

13. Obviously a very large fish that is caught on Santiago's line. What does the fish do all night long?
(a) Tries to pull the boat under the water.
(b) Pulls the boat farther out to sea.
(c) Chases the flying fish.
(d) Comes to the surface from time to time.

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

15. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?
(a) Cut the marlin loose and go back saying he had another day of bad luck.
(b) Eat more raw fish to survive.
(c) Act strange for the boy.
(d) Kill the great fish on the end of his line.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who helps Santiago as he lands his boat?

3. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?

4. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?

5. How does Santiago know that he is not dead?

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