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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Santiago tell the fish not to jump?
(a) For fear that it will flood the boat.
(b) For fear that the line will have to be let out again.
(c) For fear that the hook will work itself loose.
(d) For fear that it will attract sharks.

2. What contrast does Santiago think about that shows the hard work ahead of him as night falls?
(a) He thinks about having to kill the marlin and is glad he does not have to kill the stars.
(b) He considers the difference between night and day while fishing.
(c) He thinks about how deep the marlin is and how high the stars are.
(d) He thinks about how much larger the marlin is than the tiny stars.

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

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

5. What does Santiago think there are people who are paid to do?
(a) Write books about fishing.
(b) Think about sin.
(c) Understand the omens.
(d) Build bigger boats than his.

6. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?
(a) It is too hot.
(b) It has too much sugar and condensed milk in it.
(c) He cannot afford another cup of coffee.
(d) It is all he will have until he returns that night.

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

8. What funny thing does Santiago say to himself after thinking about what he had not brought with him on this fishing trip?
(a) You give me much good counsel. I'm tired of it.
(b) I caught the biggest fish ever but no one will believe it.
(c) If more sharks come and eat the rest of the fish, the boat will go faster.
(d) Imagine all that work just to feed the sharks.

9. 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 have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(c) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(d) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.

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

11. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?
(a) 2 times.
(b) 6 times.
(c) 3 times.
(d) 5 times.

12. How does he get something to eat?
(a) He catches seaweed and shakes the small shrimp out of it.
(b) He puts the small line into the water and catches a tuna.
(c) He cuts a slice out of the marlin.
(d) He eats some of the rotting sardines and hopes it does not make him sick.

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

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

15. After Santiago goes back to sleep, what is he dreaming of?
(a) Sharks.
(b) Lions.
(c) Broken knives.
(d) Catching a larger fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. Santiago is far out at sea and the fish is from deep waters. What comparison does Santiago make?

2. What does the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?

3. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?

4. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

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

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