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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?
(a) Throwing a big party for his friends.
(b) Pride of being a fisherman.
(c) Revenge for all the fish he had lost.
(d) The lust for killing.

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

3. 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) If more sharks come and eat the rest of the fish, the boat will go faster.
(c) Imagine all that work just to feed the sharks.
(d) I caught the biggest fish ever but no one will believe it.

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

5. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?
(a) He needs to keep busy to get his hand to uncramp.
(b) Anything he catches on the small line will draw the sharks away from the marlin.
(c) In case the marlin lasts another night, he will need something to eat.
(d) He thinks doing that will take him mind off his pains.

6. What advice does Santiago give the boy about the boat he is now working on?
(a) Save money and buy that boat.
(b) Leave the boat before its luck runs out.
(c) Stay there while the luck is still working for that boat.
(d) Come back and go fishing with him.

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

8. Why do the sharks finally go away?
(a) There is nothing left to eat on the marlin.
(b) They cannot see in the dark.
(c) Their heads hurt from the bat blows.
(d) They know the old man is dying.

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

10. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) The look in the marlin's eye.
(b) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(c) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.
(d) The damage to his boat.

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

12. What is the meaning of salao?
(a) The champion.
(b) A greeting.
(c) A small room.
(d) Extreme bad luck.

13. What does the old man conclude defeated him?
(a) Not having the boy with him.
(b) Nothing. He only went too far out.
(c) His cramped left hand.
(d) The broken knife blade.

14. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?
(a) He was getting a good look at his fish.
(b) When the fish jumps the boat stands still.
(c) He thinks the fish is about to die.
(d) The fish had filled its air sacs and could not dive deep again.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?

2. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?

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

4. What happens while Santiago and the boy enjoy a beer on the Terrace?

5. What does the old man fear since the shark had taken about forty pounds of flesh off the marlin?

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