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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. Knowing what is coming as he approaches the island currents, what makeshift weapon does Santiago come up with?
(a) Carving one of the oars into a baseball bat.
(b) Cutting off the marlin's spear to use as a harpoon.
(c) Making a noose out of the fishing line.
(d) Lashing his knife to the end of an oar.

2. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?
(a) In case the marlin lasts another night, he will need something to eat.
(b) He needs to keep busy to get his hand to uncramp.
(c) Anything he catches on the small line will draw the sharks away from the marlin.
(d) He thinks doing that will take him mind off his pains.

3. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?
(a) No, because it is fickle.
(b) No, because it storms a lot in the Caribbean.
(c) Yes. Sometimes.
(d) Yes, because it is always there.

4. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man will always win over animals.
(b) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(c) Man cannot lose a battle.
(d) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.

5. What indicates the old man's pride?
(a) He always wears a new shirt.
(b) At first refusing to eat what the boy has brought him.
(c) Shame at not having enough yellow rice and fish to share with the boy.
(d) His shame at having such a patched up sail.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the second brown shark is killed, what does it do?

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

3. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?

4. What two spots does Santiago hit on the first brown shark?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. On the second night, describe the old man's recollection that shows how strong he was years ago.

2. What knowledge does seeing the marlin bring to the old man?

3. Describe the scene that shows the good nature and high character of Santiago.

4. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

5. How does the old man utilize the power of positive thinking as he struggles with the huge marlin during the night?

6. Why is the story about an old man instead of a young one?

7. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

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

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

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

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