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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?
(a) The first marlin he ever caught.
(b) A female marlin that her mate kept jumping up to see where she was.
(c) The marlin he and the boy caught 86 days ago.
(d) A marlin that once broke his line and got away.

2. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?
(a) 6 times.
(b) 2 times.
(c) 5 times.
(d) 3 times.

3. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?
(a) His line breaks.
(b) The great fish surfaces.
(c) There is a beautiful sunrise.
(d) A storm comes up.

4. What sound of nature replaces human sounds as Santiago rows farther and farther out to sea?
(a) The lapping of the waves against the skiff.
(b) The hissing of the wings of flying fish.
(c) The chatter of dolphins searching for breakfast.
(d) The call of humpback whales.

5. What vow does the old man make to the fish?
(a) That he will cut him loose if he does not jump out of the water.
(b) That he will die there with the fish.
(c) That he will let the fish go after he pulls him up to the surface.
(d) That he will kill him before the day is over.

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

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

8. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?
(a) Tying off the line and rowing in the opposite direction.
(b) Raising the sail when the wind blows in the opposite direction.
(c) Catching more dolphin and making them pull against the marlin.
(d) Lashing the oars across the stern of the skiff to increase drag.

9. 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.

10. What disappointment does the old man feel because he has been out in his boat for days?
(a) He has not had a beer in two days.
(b) He cannot remember what the boy looks like.
(c) He does not know the baseball game scores.
(d) He has not been able to go to the cock fights.

11. What does Hemingway mean when he says that the old man harpooned the shark with resolution and complete malignancy?
(a) The old man was dying of skin cancer.
(b) The old man was unsure of what to do.
(c) The old man was acting out of instinct.
(d) The old man was motivated by hate.

12. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?
(a) Fish, aren't you getting tired yet?
(b) I'll stay with you until I'm dead!
(c) Come on up and let me get a good look at you!
(d) For heaven's sake, turn around and go the other way.

13. What does his cramped hand make Santiago think about the boy?
(a) He thinks the boy would remember how that had happened before.
(b) He cannot use his hand at all and the boy could take over.
(c) His hand makes a claw that he thinks the boy would find funny.
(d) He thinks how the boy would massage his hand.

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

15. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?
(a) The pain of a sting ray's attack.
(b) Joe DiMaggio's bone spur.
(c) Hitting a home run.
(d) The teeth of the shark.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?

2. How does he get something to eat?

3. What does Santiago have besides his strength?

4. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?

5. What happens to snap the old man out of his conversation with the bird?

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