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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. After many tries to get the marlin alongside the skiff, what does Santiago reach for?
(a) His large casting net.
(b) His harpoon.
(c) His water bottle.
(d) Another bite of flying fish.

2. What are Santiago's last three weapons he can use against the sharks?
(a) The oars, the anchor, and some line.
(b) Two oars, the tiller, and a short club.
(c) The broken water bottle, the oars, and a club.
(d) A broken knife, some big fish hooks, and the oars.

3. How did the old man know the marlin had turned eastward?
(a) The skiff began to go slower against the east wind.
(b) The afternoon sun was on his back.
(c) The eastern sea breezes grew stronger.
(d) His compass indicated the direction.

4. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man cannot lose a battle.
(b) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(c) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(d) Man will always win over animals.

5. In great pain from the cold, what does the old man hope for?
(a) That the wind will pick up.
(b) That there is a cold beer waiting for him.
(c) That a boat will come out and help him.
(d) That he will not have to fight the sharks again.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hemingway use Joe DiMaggio's injury to show Santiago's limited education?

2. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?

3. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?

4. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?

5. What does Santiago mean when he says that he must think because that is all he has left?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When there is another bite on one of his other lines, Santiago cuts it loose. Why?

4. 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?

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

6. Since the fish is too large to fit into the boat, how does Santiago plan on getting it back to shore?

7. It was noon when the old man hooked the fish and four hours later he thinks about something odd. What is it?

8. Describe the last moments that define the valor of the great marlin.

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

10. Explain the meaning of the statement that Santiago loved the lions in his dreams like he loved the boy.

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