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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 keep up his strength?
(a) The man-of-war bird.
(b) Raw tuna.
(c) The last of his bait.
(d) Tacos the boy gave him.

2. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?
(a) Catching more dolphin and making them pull against the marlin.
(b) Tying off the line and rowing in the opposite direction.
(c) Raising the sail when the wind blows in the opposite direction.
(d) Lashing the oars across the stern of the skiff to increase drag.

3. How old was the boy the first time he went fishing with Santiago?
(a) 15 years old.
(b) 10 years old.
(c) 7 years old.
(d) 5 years old.

4. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?
(a) Tuna sandwiches.
(b) Yellow rice and fish.
(c) Coconut and barbecue.
(d) Sardines and saltine crackers.

5. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will refuse to eat him.
(b) They will be more dignified than the marlin.
(c) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(d) They are unworthy to eat him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?

2. What does Santiago imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?

3. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?

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

5. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Identify a few passages in the story that indicate the pride of Santiago.

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

3. 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.

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

5. Why was it simple for Santiago to defeat the Negro of Cienfuegas when they had a rematch in the spring?

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

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

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

9. Describe the danger the Portuguese man-of-war man of war poses to a fisherman in a boat.

10. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

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