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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 effect did his movement and the hot sun during the day have on Santiago?
(a) He felt like a young man again.
(b) His hand uncramped.
(c) There was more bleeding from the cuts on his hands.
(d) His backache went away.

2. 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 been able to go to the cock fights.
(d) He has not had a beer in two days.

3. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.
(b) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(c) Before he was in a much larger boat.
(d) Before he always had someone to help him.

4. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?
(a) He will make a pilgrimmage to the Virgin of Cobre.
(b) He will never go fishing again.
(c) He will invite the whole village for a fish dinner.
(d) He will demand that the boy's parents let him come back to him.

5. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?
(a) That the boy won't be there to help him.
(b) That the bones of the marlin will fall off.
(c) That people are worrying about him.
(d) That he has been headed the wrong way.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man conclude defeated him?

2. 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?

3. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?

4. What does Santiago suddenly realize he has been doing?

5. What does Santiago have besides his strength?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Aside from the times that Santiago actually says, "I'm lonely", how does Hemingway emphasize that situation?

7. Santiago recalls that he used to sing on the turtle boats, whereas now he talks out loud to himself. When does he think the talking began?

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

9. How does Santiago think about the night time conflict between himself and the great fish?

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

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