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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 wish he could show the fish?
(a) How many fathoms of line he had in the boat.
(b) What manner of man the fish was up against.
(c) His club he would use to kill the fish.
(d) How his hand was cramped.

2. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?
(a) Easy work.
(b) Dugout work.
(c) Slave work.
(d) Boy Scout work.

3. What does the old man think about a cramp?
(a) It is better than having to vomit.
(b) It is something that goes away quickly.
(c) It will make him stop fishing.
(d) It humiliates oneself.

4. Who helps Santiago as he lands his boat?
(a) The fishermen who are laughing at him.
(b) No one. Everyone is at home in bed.
(c) The whole city turns out to welcome him back.
(d) The boy.

5. How do you know Santiago had never been up in a plane?
(a) He hardly glances at the plane as it goes over.
(b) He says out loud that he would never get on one of those things.
(c) He wonders what the sea looks like from that height.
(d) He thinks planes are the same size as flying fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?

2. What effect did his movement and the hot sun during the day have on Santiago?

3. When does Santiago finally see the lights of the city?

4. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?

5. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Santiago show his resolution as he holds the line and thinks about all the things the fish might do?

3. After the marlin jumps during the night, there is a lull. What does it allow Santiago to do?

4. How does Hemingway use conversation between the old man and the boy to show Santiago's age?

5. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

6. Why can the old man not let go of the line as the big fish tows his skiff farther out to sea?

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

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

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

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

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