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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?
(a) From the currents.
(b) From the clouds.
(c) From the seagulls.
(d) From the curve of his sail.

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

3. When do the sharks return after Santiago loses his makeshift harpoon?
(a) Just after dark.
(b) Early the next morning.
(c) Immediately after he ran them off the first time.
(d) Just before sunset.

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

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

6. Using the makeshift bat, what is the old man able to do?
(a) Keep them away from the marlin.
(b) Beat the sharks to death.
(c) Scare the sharks away.
(d) Hurt the sharks badly.

7. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?
(a) He has never been far out before.
(b) He wants to get away from other boats.
(c) He thinks the nearer waters have been fished out.
(d) He thinks big fish may be out where the schools of bonito and albacore stay.

8. 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.

9. How does the old man console himself as he returns home?
(a) There is little damage to his boat.
(b) He will never have to go fishing again.
(c) He promises himself never to go that far out again.
(d) The boy will be there waiting for him.

10. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?
(a) He has eaten but the marlin has not.
(b) On the surface, he can see the stars but the marlin cannot.
(c) Night time is easier for a man than for a fish.
(d) He will be able to sleep but the marlin cannot.

11. What is the boy's reaction when the proprietor of the Terrace compliments his catch the day before?
(a) He says to tell people to go visit the old man.
(b) He says to damn his fish and starts crying again.
(c) He says to stop talking or it will bring him bad luck.
(d) He says the proprietor should see what the old man caught.

12. Why does the old man scoop water from the sea after the marlin stops jumping?
(a) To get a small drink.
(b) To see the water temperature.
(c) To medicate his left hand.
(d) To wash the dolphin flesh off his face.

13. After killing the Mako shark, what is Santiago aware of as missing?
(a) His harpoon.
(b) His casting net.
(c) The tradewinds.
(d) The feeling in his left hand.

14. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?
(a) As he furls the sail.
(b) As he ties the boat to a rock.
(c) As he hauls the marlin's bones out of the water.
(d) As he walks up the hill to his shack.

15. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?
(a) Travel.
(b) Baseball.
(c) Spear fishing.
(d) Drinking beer.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?

2. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?

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

4. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?

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

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