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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man will always win over animals.
(b) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(c) Man cannot lose a battle.
(d) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.

2. When does Santiago finally see the lights of the city?
(a) About ten at night.
(b) Just as he is about to give up.
(c) Early the next morning before dawn.
(d) After the moon rises.

3. How do the brown sharks attack the old man's fish?
(a) They attack the marlin from the head and tail.
(b) One dives under the boat while the other comes from the surface.
(c) They dart in quickly and swim away with small bites.
(d) Both of them dive and attack the fish from under the water.

4. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?
(a) He runs up the skiff's sail.
(b) He ties down the line to wait for the fish to tire.
(c) He carefuly starts pulling in the line.
(d) He gives the fish more line.

5. How does the boy act defensively about Santiago as the fishermen look at the marlin's skeleton?
(a) He holds back his tears so the men will not see his concern.
(b) He tells them that Santiago is sleeping and they are not to disturb him.
(c) He starts a fight with a fisherman who is laughing at the old man.
(d) He refuses to speak to the other fishermen in the village.

6. What does the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?
(a) The bad smelling dolphin.
(b) A jellyfish.
(c) The cleaned flying fish.
(d) Some jerky he forgot he had in his pocket.

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

8. 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 have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(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 harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.

9. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?
(a) Slave work.
(b) Boy Scout work.
(c) Dugout work.
(d) Easy work.

10. Why does the boy not go out with the fishing boats the morning of Santiago's return?
(a) He found Santiago dead in his shack.
(b) He was too tired from fishing the day before.
(c) The winds were too strong for the boats to sail that morning.
(d) He wanted to stay on the shore and watch for the old man's return.

11. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?
(a) Act strange for the boy.
(b) Kill the great fish on the end of his line.
(c) Eat more raw fish to survive.
(d) Cut the marlin loose and go back saying he had another day of bad luck.

12. Who does Santiago think would be proud of him after he gets the fish lashed to the boat?
(a) The other fishermen in the village.
(b) The great DiMaggio.
(c) The boy.
(d) God.

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

14. How does Santiago know that he is not dead?
(a) He can bring back the pain in his hands by opening and closing them.
(b) He falls down when he tries to get to the tiller.
(c) He pinches himself.
(d) He feels hungry.

15. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?
(a) He recalls being able to see in total darkness.
(b) He recalls not ever seeing well after the sun went down.
(c) He remembers he once had night vision like a cat.
(d) He remembers that horses are blind at night.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?

2. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?

3. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a

4. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?

5. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?

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