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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. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?
(a) He goes every day to help him unload his equipment.
(b) He invites him to his parents' house for supper.
(c) He gives Santiago a new sail for his boat.
(d) He helps Santiago repaint his boat.

2. What does the old man imagine about the marlin if it had been alive?
(a) He imagines it fighting the sharks with the spear on its head.
(b) He thinks the marlin could outswim the sharks.
(c) He thinks the marlin would get away because it can jump so high.
(d) He imagines the marlin would eat the harks.

3. How thick is the line the old man uses to catch big fish?
(a) As big around as a pencil.
(b) About as thick as an oar handle.
(c) A big around as his thumb.
(d) Very small but strong.

4. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?
(a) He gets tangled up in the sail.
(b) He has a heart attack and dies.
(c) He hears the boy calling his name.
(d) He falls and cannot get up.

5. How is he able to clean the dolphin?
(a) By leaving its skin on and only removing its entrails.
(b) By using his right hand and holding it steady with his foot.
(c) By tying the line to the marlin on the thale.
(d) By using his left hand and right foot.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago do when another fish takes the bait on another line?

2. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?

3. What is the first thing Santiago asks the boy to bring him when he finally wakes up?

4. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?

5. What does the old man think about a cramp?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Santiago think about the night time conflict between himself and the great fish?

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

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

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 Hemingway demonstrate Santiago's expertise as a sailor and fisherman?

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

10. How does the man-of-war bird help Santiago catch an albacore?

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