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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 name?
(a) Gabriel.
(b) Jose.
(c) Manolin.
(d) Pedrico.

2. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?
(a) Why would the old man bring back only bones?
(b) He was eighteen feet from nose to tail.
(c) I need a tape to measure this fish.
(d) There is nothing left but head, tail, and bones.

3. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?
(a) By noon.
(b) All night.
(c) Right after daybreak.
(d) Before it is light.

4. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?
(a) His hands are well enough to use both of them with the club.
(b) The sharks leave as he gets near the city.
(c) The sharks come in a pack to get the rest of the marlin.
(d) He is able to fight off the sharks in the dark.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?

2. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?

3. What does Santiago dream of?

4. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?

5. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Manolin cry after he discovers the old man at his house?

2. It was noon when the old man hooked the fish and four hours later he thinks about something odd. What is it?

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

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

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

6. Describe the last moments that define the valor of the great marlin.

7. How does Santiago think about the night time conflict between himself and the great fish?

8. How does Santiago compare himself to the great sea turtles that are as big as a skiff and weigh a ton?

9. What does the fish do that helps revive Santiago from his weariness?

10. What indicates that Santiago has no idea of catching the largest marlin ever landed in those waters?

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