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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 the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?
(a) The cleaned flying fish.
(b) A jellyfish.
(c) The bad smelling dolphin.
(d) Some jerky he forgot he had in his pocket.

2. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.
(b) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(c) God help me to have the cramp go.
(d) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.

3. What sound of nature replaces human sounds as Santiago rows farther and farther out to sea?
(a) The chatter of dolphins searching for breakfast.
(b) The hissing of the wings of flying fish.
(c) The call of humpback whales.
(d) The lapping of the waves against the skiff.

4. What amusing thing does the old man say to the fish as the fish begins to come nearer the skiff?
(a) Fish, why don't you just give up?
(b) Fish, don't you understand that you are beaten already?
(c) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?
(d) Fish, you will look good hanging from my wall.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?

2. What commonality does Santiago observe in deep water fish when they pick up speed?

3. How does Santiago imagine Joe DiMaggio would be able to do what he is doing with the marlin?

4. What does Santiago think about giving up hope?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the bond between Santiago and the boy?

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

6. By nightfall, Santiago recognizes a change in direction. Explain how he knows that.

7. Show how Hemingway uses the literary form of personification as Santiago thinks about the great fish he has hooked.

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

9. 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.

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

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