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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. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?
(a) Right after daybreak.
(b) Before it is light.
(c) All night.
(d) By noon.

2. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?
(a) Splashing sea water on the bow and letting it dry to get the salt.
(b) Chopping it up into smaller pieces.
(c) Cutting it up as soon as he caught it and letting it sun dry.
(d) Soaking it in sea water before eating it.

3. What commonality does Santiago observe in deep water fish when they pick up speed?
(a) They all look green in the water.
(b) They turn yellow when they are angry or frightened.
(c) They have purple stripes or spots.
(d) They are always hungry.

4. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?
(a) I'll stay with you until I'm dead!
(b) For heaven's sake, turn around and go the other way.
(c) Fish, aren't you getting tired yet?
(d) Come on up and let me get a good look at you!

5. What does the old man do to prepare for the arrival of the shark?
(a) He gets his harpoon ready.
(b) He thinks he is dreaming.
(c) He baits a hook and throws out another line.
(d) He tosses the rotting fish carcasses overboard to distract the shark.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?

2. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?

3. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When the big fish first takes the bait, the old man thought about what he was sure the fish would do but he did not say it out loud. Why?

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

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

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

7. Discuss how Hemingway uses the man-of-war bird, the dolphins, and the flying fish to explain the nature of life in the sea.

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

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

10. Explain the significance of the scattered thoughts of the old man as he struggles to hold onto the fish.

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