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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 imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?
(a) To show him how big he was.
(b) To get some air.
(c) To see if the hook would fall out.
(d) To see what manner of man he was fighting with.

2. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?
(a) The broken water bottle, the oars, and a club.
(b) Two oars, the tiller, and a short club.
(c) A broken knife, some big fish hooks, and the oars.
(d) The oars, the anchor, and some line.

3. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.
(b) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(c) They have no serious competition in their last games.
(d) They never need luck to win.

4. How do you know Santiago had never been up in a plane?
(a) He says out loud that he would never get on one of those things.
(b) He hardly glances at the plane as it goes over.
(c) He thinks planes are the same size as flying fish.
(d) He wonders what the sea looks like from that height.

5. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(b) When he thought he heard an airplane.
(c) When it is time to return to the island.
(d) When the winds died down.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?

2. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?

3. What does Santiago find in the dolphin's maw when he cuts it open?

4. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the man-of-war bird help Santiago catch an albacore?

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

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

6. What is Santiago's analysis of having a cramp, especially when one is alone?

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

8. Since the fish is too large to fit into the boat, how does Santiago plan on getting it back to shore?

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

10. After the marlin jumps during the night, there is a lull. What does it allow Santiago to do?

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