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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. Why does Santiago think he may have to fight again before he reaches Havana?
(a) The sharks know he cannot see them in the dark.
(b) He is still having bad luck.
(c) The boy is not there to help him.
(d) There is still half of the meat left on the marlin.

2. What sound of nature replaces human sounds as Santiago rows farther and farther out to sea?
(a) The call of humpback whales.
(b) The lapping of the waves against the skiff.
(c) The chatter of dolphins searching for breakfast.
(d) The hissing of the wings of flying fish.

3. When does Santiago finally see the lights of the city?
(a) After the moon rises.
(b) About ten at night.
(c) Early the next morning before dawn.
(d) Just as he is about to give up.

4. Why do the other fishermen think of the sea in the masculine, el mar?
(a) They see it as a dangerous enemy.
(b) They like to think of themselves being as strong as the sea.
(c) They take shark livers from the sea.
(d) They see it as a generous man.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?

2. Santiago is pinned down and the line is rushing out around his back and through his hand, cutting them. What makes him think about the boy?

3. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?

4. What is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?

5. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the conflict intensify on the second night?

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

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

8. How does Santiago compare himself to the great sea turtles that are as big as a skiff and weigh a ton?

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

10. Why did Santiago decide he could sleep a while on the second night?

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