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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. How old was the boy the first time he went fishing with Santiago?
(a) 15 years old.
(b) 7 years old.
(c) 5 years old.
(d) 10 years old.

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

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

4. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?
(a) He wants to get away from other boats.
(b) He thinks big fish may be out where the schools of bonito and albacore stay.
(c) He thinks the nearer waters have been fished out.
(d) He has never been far out before.

5. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?
(a) Waking up late so he did not have to go fishing.
(b) Arguing with the fishermen who made fun of Santiago.
(c) Stopping by Santiago's shack every morning.
(d) Saving newspapers for Santiago to read.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?

4. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

5. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What new indication tells Santiago and the reader that this is a truly remarkable fish after the moonlight jump?

2. Explain the significance of the scattered thoughts of the old man as he struggles to hold onto the fish.

3. What significance does Santiago place on the sudden pull the fish makes on the line after swimming steadily all night long?

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

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

6. It is now the next day and Santiago had brought no provisions for a meal at sea. What does he have to eat?

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

8. Why is it important for Santiago to see the fish he has caught?

9. Discuss the idea of luck in The Old Man and the Sea.

10. Santiago recalls that he used to sing on the turtle boats, whereas now he talks out loud to himself. When does he think the talking began?

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