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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. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?
(a) There is little weight now on the side of his boat.
(b) Sharks are pushing it along.
(c) He is being carried by the Gulf Stream.
(d) The winds pick up.

2. How long does Santiago think he will be out to sea the morning he leaves to go far out?
(a) Two days.
(b) Only that morning.
(c) One day.
(d) Three days.

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

4. 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.

5. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?
(a) Twice as long as he is tall.
(b) Two feet longer than the skiff.
(c) Twice as long as the last marlin he caught.
(d) Longer than a small tree is tall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?

2. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?

3. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?

4. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a

5. How do you know Santiago had never been up in a plane?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the physical infirmity that begins to plague Santiago on the second day at sea.

4. How does Santiago show his resolution as he holds the line and thinks about all the things the fish might do?

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

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

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

8. Discuss the conflict of resolution between the old man and the fish.

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

10. Explain the meaning of the statement that Santiago loved the lions in his dreams like he loved the boy.

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