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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago reply when the boy asks how much he suffered?
(a) Only my hands.
(b) Plenty.
(c) Not much.
(d) Not at all.

2. Why does Santiago feel sorry for the terns?
(a) He thinks they will get lost over the sea.
(b) He thinks they are incredibly ugly.
(c) He thinks they are not fast enough and the fish will eat them.
(d) He thinks they are too delicate for the sea.

3. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?
(a) So he could slowly pull the marlin in.
(b) So he could sleep and dream of lions.
(c) So he could get up and walk around.
(d) So he could catch his supper.

4. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?
(a) The oars, the anchor, and some line.
(b) Two oars, the tiller, and a short club.
(c) The broken water bottle, the oars, and a club.
(d) A broken knife, some big fish hooks, and the oars.

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

6. After the second brown shark is killed, what does it do?
(a) It jumps into the boat with Santiago.
(b) It hangs onto the place where it had bit into the marlin.
(c) It pulls the marlin down with its lifeless body to the bottom of the sea.
(d) It pulls the skiff over by its dead weight.

7. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?
(a) Joe DiMaggio's bone spur.
(b) Hitting a home run.
(c) The teeth of the shark.
(d) The pain of a sting ray's attack.

8. Why does Santiago always dream about lions?
(a) He has always loved cats because they like fish.
(b) They are something he saw from a ship off the coast of Africa when he was a boy.
(c) He dreams about lions eating a huge fish they catch.
(d) Lions make him feel strong and brave.

9. What brings Santiago awake suddenly in the night?
(a) The marlin is jumping again and again out of the sea.
(b) Another plane flies over at a low altitude.
(c) It starts to rain.
(d) The smell of the leftover raw fish.

10. How does the old man get hurt when the fish yanks on the line?
(a) The yank causes his back to ache.
(b) The line gets tangled around his feet.
(c) The line cuts his hand where he was holding it.
(d) The old man falls over and hits his head.

11. Who does Santiago say should get the head of the marlin?
(a) The boy.
(b) Himself.
(c) Pedrico.
(d) The alcalde.

12. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) Before he always had someone to help him.
(b) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.
(c) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(d) Before he was in a much larger boat.

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

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

15. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?
(a) Tying off the line and rowing in the opposite direction.
(b) Raising the sail when the wind blows in the opposite direction.
(c) Lashing the oars across the stern of the skiff to increase drag.
(d) Catching more dolphin and making them pull against the marlin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?

2. How do the brown sharks attack the old man's fish?

3. After he finally gets to the shack and puts down the mast, what does Santiago find?

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

5. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?

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