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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?
(a) What happened to the marlin's dignity?
(b) Why didn't I just tow him behind the skiff?
(c) Is he bringing me in or am I bringing him in?
(d) Why am I not dreaming of lions?

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

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?
(a) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.
(b) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(c) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(d) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.

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

5. During the time Santiago had the marlin on his line, what does he think the marlin does not know?
(a) That he has no chance to escape from the hook and line.
(b) That it is possible for him to work the hook out of his mouth.
(c) That there is a man on the other end of the line and the man is old.
(d) That the boat is not just another big fish.

6. How did the old man know the marlin had turned eastward?
(a) The skiff began to go slower against the east wind.
(b) The afternoon sun was on his back.
(c) His compass indicated the direction.
(d) The eastern sea breezes grew stronger.

7. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?
(a) How many fathoms of line he had in the boat.
(b) How his hand was cramped.
(c) What manner of man the fish was up against.
(d) His club he would use to kill the fish.

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

9. What happens after the old man harpoons the fish?
(a) The marlin starts swimming fast and pulls the boat with him.
(b) It goes high into the air and comes back down, blinding Santiago with sea spray.
(c) The harpoon line breaks and the marlin gets away.
(d) The fish tries to jump into the boat with the old man.

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

11. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?
(a) I need a tape to measure this fish.
(b) He was eighteen feet from nose to tail.
(c) There is nothing left but head, tail, and bones.
(d) Why would the old man bring back only bones?

12. What does Santiago like to read in the newspaper?
(a) The baseball scores.
(b) The racing odds.
(c) The funny pages.
(d) The weather forecasts.

13. Who helps Santiago as he lands his boat?
(a) The boy.
(b) The fishermen who are laughing at him.
(c) The whole city turns out to welcome him back.
(d) No one. Everyone is at home in bed.

14. How many rows of teeth does the Mako shark have?
(a) Four.
(b) Eight.
(c) Two.
(d) Six.

15. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?
(a) To keep the lines straight down.
(b) To use no more than one line at a time.
(c) To let the boat drift and put the lines at an angle.
(d) To bring the lines up often so the fish will notice the movement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man conclude defeated him?

2. Who does Santiago think would be proud of him after he gets the fish lashed to the boat?

3. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?

4. How does the old man console himself as he returns home?

5. What happens when the shovel-nose shark comes and Santiago stabs it in the brain with his makeshift harpoon?

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