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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago promise that he cannot do right at the moment?
(a) Go to church every morning.
(b) Get himself a larger boat.
(c) Always bring the boy with him.
(d) Say a hundred Our Fathers and a hundred Hail Marys.

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 receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(c) They will be more dignified than the marlin.
(d) They will refuse to eat him.

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

4. What word does Santiago utter that Hemingway says there is no translation for?
(a) Brisa
(b) Mala
(c) Galanos
(d) Ay

5. What disappointment does the old man feel because he has been out in his boat for days?
(a) He has not been able to go to the cock fights.
(b) He does not know the baseball game scores.
(c) He has not had a beer in two days.
(d) He cannot remember what the boy looks like.

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

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

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

9. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(b) They have no serious competition in their last games.
(c) They never need luck to win.
(d) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.

10. 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) His backache went away.
(d) He felt like a young man again.

11. How does he know which way to sail?
(a) From the sun and the tradewinds.
(b) From the way the flying fish are jumping.
(c) From the stars he had seen the night before.
(d) From the compass he always had with him.

12. 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 shark almost pulls the old man overboard.
(c) The knife blade snaps off.
(d) The knife comes untied from the oar.

13. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?
(a) He gives the fish more line.
(b) He ties down the line to wait for the fish to tire.
(c) He carefuly starts pulling in the line.
(d) He runs up the skiff's sail.

14. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?
(a) He sees the man-of-war bird.
(b) He sees the waves get still.
(c) He sees his fishing line moving.
(d) He sees the fish shimmer in the dawn light.

15. Why does the boy not go out with the fishing boats the morning of Santiago's return?
(a) He wanted to stay on the shore and watch for the old man's return.
(b) He was too tired from fishing the day before.
(c) He found Santiago dead in his shack.
(d) The winds were too strong for the boats to sail that morning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?

2. What is Santiago doing when the boy returns to his shack?

3. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?

4. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?

5. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?

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