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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. Santiago is far out at sea and the fish is from deep waters. What comparison does Santiago make?
(a) There is no one to help either of them.
(b) They are like to gladiators in the arena.
(c) Both of them are old and past their prime.
(d) They must weigh about the same.

2. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?
(a) That it was all a dream.
(b) That he had killed the shark.
(c) That the worst was over.
(d) That he was still alive.

3. By nightfall of the third day, what does Santiago expect to see?
(a) The lights of Havana.
(b) A few stars.
(c) More sharks attacking his boat.
(d) Other fishing boats out at night.

4. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) They have no serious competition in their last games.
(b) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(c) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.
(d) They never need luck to win.

5. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a
(a) An albacore.
(b) A sea turtle.
(c) A warbler.
(d) A flying fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?

2. How does the old man get hurt when the fish yanks on the line?

3. What two spots does Santiago hit on the first brown shark?

4. When does Santiago finally see the lights of the city?

5. What is the one thing not beautiful about the Mako shark?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give an example of how Santiago refuses to give up after losing the harpoon.

3. How does Hemingway demonstrate Santiago's expertise as a sailor and fisherman?

4. Why is it important for Santiago to see the fish he has caught?

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

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

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

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

9. Explain the meaning of the statement that Santiago loved the lions in his dreams like he loved the boy.

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

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