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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?
(a) He is being carried by the Gulf Stream.
(b) There is little weight now on the side of his boat.
(c) Sharks are pushing it along.
(d) The winds pick up.

2. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?
(a) He thinks it would be disrespectful.
(b) He is blinded by seawater and cannot see.
(c) The skiff is too full of water.
(d) The marlin is too large.

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

4. 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.

5. His back is already hurting him, and then what begins to give him pain?
(a) His hand cramps.
(b) His neck hurts from continually looking down at the water.
(c) The sunlight gives him a headache.
(d) He cuts himself with a knife.

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

7. What does Santiago consider as his principal friends on the ocean?
(a) The flying fish.
(b) The giant turtles.
(c) The song birds.
(d) The dolphins.

8. By nightfall of the third day, what does Santiago expect to see?
(a) A few stars.
(b) More sharks attacking his boat.
(c) The lights of Havana.
(d) Other fishing boats out at night.

9. 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) Before he was in a much larger boat.
(d) This time he has only a small casting net with him.

10. What does Santiago do when another fish takes the bait on another line?
(a) He laughs at his good luck.
(b) He cuts it loose.
(c) He hopes it is small enough to attract other big fish.
(d) He drops anchor.

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

12. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?
(a) That he has been headed the wrong way.
(b) That people are worrying about him.
(c) That the boy won't be there to help him.
(d) That the bones of the marlin will fall off.

13. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?
(a) A bag of ice to help bring down his fever.
(b) Two bottles of warm beer.
(c) Yellow rice and fried fish.
(d) Hot coffee with plenty of milk and sugar.

14. What does the old man imagine about the marlin if it had been alive?
(a) He imagines the marlin would eat the harks.
(b) He thinks the marlin could outswim the sharks.
(c) He imagines it fighting the sharks with the spear on its head.
(d) He thinks the marlin would get away because it can jump so high.

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

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 call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?

3. 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?

4. What assistance for the old man does the boy try to get?

5. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?

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