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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. During the time Santiago had the marlin on his line, what does he think the marlin does not know?
(a) That he has no chance to escape from the hook and line.
(b) That there is a man on the other end of the line and the man is old.
(c) That the boat is not just another big fish.
(d) That it is possible for him to work the hook out of his mouth.

2. When Santiago sees the marlin jump out of the water, what does he realize?
(a) He is no physical match for the marlin.
(b) It will take another day to bring in this marlin.
(c) He and the marlin are about the same size.
(d) The marlin is getting very tired and the game is about over.

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

4. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?
(a) He would like to talk about baseball while he fished.
(b) He heard that DiMaggio's father was a fisherman.
(c) He thinks DiMaggio would be good at clubbing sharks to death.
(d) He wants to get free tickets to a Yankee game.

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

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

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

8. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?
(a) Right after daybreak.
(b) All night.
(c) Before it is light.
(d) By noon.

9. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?
(a) No, because it storms a lot in the Caribbean.
(b) Yes, because it is always there.
(c) Yes. Sometimes.
(d) No, because it is fickle.

10. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?
(a) Coconut and barbecue.
(b) Tuna sandwiches.
(c) Sardines and saltine crackers.
(d) Yellow rice and fish.

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

12. How long does Santiago think he will be out to sea the morning he leaves to go far out?
(a) One day.
(b) Two days.
(c) Three days.
(d) Only that morning.

13. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?
(a) Bring along salt and limes.
(b) Bring sandwiches.
(c) Rig up a stove on his skiff.
(d) Never eat on the boat again.

14. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(b) They are unworthy to eat him.
(c) They will refuse to eat him.
(d) They will be more dignified than the marlin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

2. What does the old man think about a cramp?

3. What does Santiago think there are people who are paid to do?

4. After the second brown shark is killed, what does it do?

5. Using the makeshift bat, what is the old man able to do?

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