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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 evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.
(b) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(c) The damage to his boat.
(d) The look in the marlin's eye.

2. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?
(a) The boy has to re-heat the coffee.
(b) The boy keeps thinking the old man has died.
(c) The old man talks all day in his sleep.
(d) It is the next morning before he wakes up.

3. What is the meaning of salao?
(a) A greeting.
(b) A small room.
(c) Extreme bad luck.
(d) The champion.

4. Using the makeshift bat, what is the old man able to do?
(a) Hurt the sharks badly.
(b) Keep them away from the marlin.
(c) Beat the sharks to death.
(d) Scare the sharks away.

5. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?
(a) He says that Santiago is like Joe DiMaggio.
(b) He likens Santiago's fishing greatness to the greatest baseball managers.
(c) He calls Sanitiago his hero.
(d) He compares Santiago to a giant shark.

Short Answer Questions

1. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?

2. How does he get something to eat?

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

4. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. After the marlin jumps during the night, there is a lull. What does it allow Santiago to do?

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

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

7. After Santiago manages to kill the shovel-nosed sharks that have taken about a quarter of the meat off his marlin, how does he feel?

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

9. It was noon when the old man hooked the fish and four hours later he thinks about something odd. What is it?

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

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