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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) Both of them are old and past their prime.
(c) They are like to gladiators in the arena.
(d) They must weigh about the same.

2. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) Before he was in a much larger boat.
(b) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(c) Before he always had someone to help him.
(d) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.

3. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) The look in the marlin's eye.
(b) The damage to his boat.
(c) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(d) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.

4. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?
(a) He calls Sanitiago his hero.
(b) He likens Santiago's fishing greatness to the greatest baseball managers.
(c) He says that Santiago is like Joe DiMaggio.
(d) He compares Santiago to a giant shark.

5. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He picks up speed.
(b) He changes course and heads south.
(c) None. He continues to swim steadily.
(d) He starts going in circles.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?

2. When does the old man hoist his sail?

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

4. How long had their last dry spell lasted before the old man and the boy caught some good fish?

5. After killing the Mako shark, what is Santiago aware of as missing?

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. What indicates that Santiago has no idea of catching the largest marlin ever landed in those waters?

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

4. It is now the next day and Santiago had brought no provisions for a meal at sea. What does he have to eat?

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

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

7. After Santiago manages to kill the shovel-nosed sharks that have taken about a quarter of the meat off his marlin, how does he feel?

8. Santiago does not consider himself to be religious, but what happens to show that he was at one time before?

9. Describe Santiago's meal on the second day and why he was so pleased after he ate.

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

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