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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(d) Man cannot lose a battle.

3. Why do the other fishermen think of the sea in the masculine, el mar?
(a) They see it as a dangerous enemy.
(b) They like to think of themselves being as strong as the sea.
(c) They take shark livers from the sea.
(d) They see it as a generous man.

4. 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) A marlin that once broke his line and got away.
(d) The marlin he and the boy caught 86 days ago.

5. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?
(a) From the seagulls.
(b) From the clouds.
(c) From the currents.
(d) From the curve of his sail.

Short Answer Questions

1. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?

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

3. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?

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

5. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the conflict between man and fish continues, what does Santiago contemplate to gain advantage for himself? Explain.

2. While sleeping in the boat, what are Santiago's dream like?

3. What is the bond between Santiago and the boy?

4. When there is another bite on one of his other lines, Santiago cuts it loose. Why?

5. There is something almost religious about Santiago's walk to his shack after landing with the bones of the marlin. Describe it.

6. Discuss how Hemingway uses the man-of-war bird, the dolphins, and the flying fish to explain the nature of life in the sea.

7. Why is the story about an old man instead of a young one?

8. What is the metaphoric significance of the arm wrestling match in Casablanca?

9. Santiago does not consider himself to be religious, but what happens to show that he was at one time before?

10. What knowledge does seeing the marlin bring to the old man?

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