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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 is the boy's reaction when the proprietor of the Terrace compliments his catch the day before?
(a) He says to tell people to go visit the old man.
(b) He says the proprietor should see what the old man caught.
(c) He says to damn his fish and starts crying again.
(d) He says to stop talking or it will bring him bad luck.

2. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.
(b) His parents do not want him to go to sea.
(c) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(d) His parents think Santiago has bad character.

3. What kind of sharks came the second time?
(a) Shovel-nosed sharks.
(b) Hammer head sharks.
(c) Great white sharks.
(d) Yellow sharks.

4. As he heads home and stops to look back, what does Santiago see?
(a) Nothing, because there is no light.
(b) The skeleton of the great fish lashed to the skiff.
(c) Gulls swarming around his boat.
(d) Small sharks trying to get the last of the meat off the marlin.

5. What word does Santiago utter that Hemingway says there is no translation for?
(a) Ay
(b) Brisa
(c) Galanos
(d) Mala

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?

2. What does the old man think is a greater punishment for the marlin than the hook in his mouth?

3. What does the old man fear since the shark had taken about forty pounds of flesh off the marlin?

4. What is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when the first shark attacks the marlin?

4. Describe Santiago's first sighting of the marlin.

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

6. Why was it simple for Santiago to defeat the Negro of Cienfuegas when they had a rematch in the spring?

7. How does the conflict intensify on the second night?

8. Toward the end of the second day, Santiago assesses his situation and thinks he has several new advantages. What are they?

9. What is the literary purpose of references to Joe DiMaggio in the story?

10. Explain the first indication that Santiago has that he has caught a very large fish, even though he has not seen it and does know know what kind of fish it is.

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