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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 does Santiago do when another fish takes the bait on another line?
(a) He cuts it loose.
(b) He hopes it is small enough to attract other big fish.
(c) He drops anchor.
(d) He laughs at his good luck.

2. What does Santiago think might have caused the fish to jump so much?
(a) Just waking up.
(b) A school of dolphins.
(c) Hunger or fear.
(d) Needing more exercise.

3. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.
(b) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(c) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.
(d) God help me to have the cramp go.

4. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?
(a) A bag of ice to help bring down his fever.
(b) Yellow rice and fried fish.
(c) Two bottles of warm beer.
(d) Hot coffee with plenty of milk and sugar.

5. After killing the Mako shark, what does Santiago eat?
(a) The liver of the dead dolphin.
(b) Nothing. All his food is gone.
(c) A piece of the marlin where the shark had bitten it.
(d) More of the dried flying fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the old man hoist his sail?

2. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?

3. What does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?

4. After he finally gets to the shack and puts down the mast, what does Santiago find?

5. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do you know that Santiago only intended to fish for one day when he left to go far out into the sea?

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

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

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

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

6. By nightfall, Santiago recognizes a change in direction. Explain how he knows that.

7. What is the literary purpose of references to Joe DiMaggio in the story?

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

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

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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