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

2. Why does Santiago tell the fish not to jump?
(a) For fear that the hook will work itself loose.
(b) For fear that the line will have to be let out again.
(c) For fear that it will flood the boat.
(d) For fear that it will attract sharks.

3. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?
(a) The wind gets stronger.
(b) The man-of-war bird lands on his boat.
(c) Something tugging at his line.
(d) A dolphin jumps over his boat.

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

5. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.
(b) His parents think Santiago has bad character.
(c) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(d) His parents do not want him to go to sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What complaint does the boy have about the fisherman he works for after he is forced to leave Santiago?

2. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?

3. What does Santiago plan to do to change his luck?

4. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?

5. What does the old man think about a cramp?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Hemingway use conversation between the old man and the boy to show Santiago's age?

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

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

5. Discuss the conflict of resolution between the old man and the fish.

6. Relate the speech the boy makes to show his estimation of Santiago as a fisherman.

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

8. Describe Santiago's first sighting of the marlin.

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

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

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