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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?
(a) How his hand was cramped.
(b) What manner of man the fish was up against.
(c) His club he would use to kill the fish.
(d) How many fathoms of line he had in the boat.

2. What does the old man eat to keep up his strength?
(a) Raw tuna.
(b) The man-of-war bird.
(c) The last of his bait.
(d) Tacos the boy gave him.

3. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?
(a) He thinks he sees the fish turning green.
(b) He tells the fish to come and kill him.
(c) He thinks he has two fish on his line.
(d) He tells himself to let the fish go.

4. What does Santiago have besides his strength?
(a) An unsinkable boat.
(b) The very best equipment.
(c) Knowledge of many tricks and resolutions.
(d) The mind of a fish.

5. What does Santiago dream of?
(a) Africa and the lions on the beach.
(b) Fishing in a new, large boat.
(c) The fights he had when he was young.
(d) The women he has known in his youth.

6. 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.

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

8. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(b) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.
(c) God help me to have the cramp go.
(d) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.

9. 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) The marlin is getting very tired and the game is about over.
(d) He and the marlin are about the same size.

10. What does the old man fear since the shark had taken about forty pounds of flesh off the marlin?
(a) That fishermen would say he found the marlin dead and floating in the water.
(b) That people would think he had eaten part of his catch.
(c) That there would soon be other sharks.
(d) That he would not win a prize for catching the largest marlin.

11. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?
(a) It picks up speed and swims on top of the water.
(b) It tries to chew the line.
(c) It jumps every ten minutes.
(d) It begins circling the boat.

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

13. What does the tourist woman think she is seeing as she looks at the fish skeleton?
(a) A fish that died of starvation.
(b) What is left of a shark.
(c) A biology experiment.
(d) Evidence of a feast the night before.

14. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?
(a) Dolphins.
(b) The man-of-war bird circling overhead.
(c) The rising sun.
(d) A shark.

15. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?
(a) Flying fish bait.
(b) A frying pan.
(c) A light.
(d) Small fishing nets.

Short Answer Questions

1. After killing the Mako shark, what is Santiago aware of as missing?

2. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?

3. How do the brown sharks attack the old man's fish?

4. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?

5. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?

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