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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?
(a) He has a heart attack and dies.
(b) He gets tangled up in the sail.
(c) He falls and cannot get up.
(d) He hears the boy calling his name.

2. How long had their last dry spell lasted before the old man and the boy caught some good fish?
(a) 84 days.
(b) 86 days.
(c) 67 days.
(d) 64 days.

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

4. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?
(a) It is all he will have until he returns that night.
(b) It has too much sugar and condensed milk in it.
(c) It is too hot.
(d) He cannot afford another cup of coffee.

5. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?
(a) That the marlin will come up slowly and eat his dolphin.
(b) That he will fall asleep and go overborad.
(c) That he will become unclear in the head.
(d) That he might die.

6. What does Santiago plan to do to change his luck?
(a) He takes his lucky charms with him.
(b) He buys a new sail for his boat.
(c) He plans to row far out to fish.
(d) He gets the priest to bless his boat.

7. Why does Santiago think he may have to fight again before he reaches Havana?
(a) He is still having bad luck.
(b) The boy is not there to help him.
(c) The sharks know he cannot see them in the dark.
(d) There is still half of the meat left on the marlin.

8. How did the old man know the marlin had turned eastward?
(a) The skiff began to go slower against the east wind.
(b) His compass indicated the direction.
(c) The eastern sea breezes grew stronger.
(d) The afternoon sun was on his back.

9. What does Santiago think about giving up hope?
(a) He believes it is a sin.
(b) He believes it is all he can do now.
(c) He believes it is being real.
(d) He believes there is no such thing as hope.

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

11. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When the winds died down.
(b) When it is time to return to the island.
(c) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(d) When he thought he heard an airplane.

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

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

14. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He picks up speed.
(b) He starts going in circles.
(c) He changes course and heads south.
(d) None. He continues to swim steadily.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?

2. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?

3. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?

4. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?

5. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?

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