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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. 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) Three days.
(d) One day.

2. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?
(a) He sees the waves get still.
(b) He sees the fish shimmer in the dawn light.
(c) He sees the man-of-war bird.
(d) He sees his fishing line moving.

3. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?
(a) He gives the fish more line.
(b) He runs up the skiff's sail.
(c) He ties down the line to wait for the fish to tire.
(d) He carefuly starts pulling in the line.

4. How many rows of teeth does the Mako shark have?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Eight.

5. What does Santiago like to read in the newspaper?
(a) The funny pages.
(b) The weather forecasts.
(c) The racing odds.
(d) The baseball scores.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the old man never jerk on the line?

2. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?

3. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?

4. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?

5. Using the makeshift bat, what is the old man able to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What significance does Santiago place on the sudden pull the fish makes on the line after swimming steadily all night long?

5. Describe the conditions during the first night after Santiago caught the big fish.

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

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

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

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

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

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