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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. Why does Santiago feel sorry for the terns?
(a) He thinks they are too delicate for the sea.
(b) He thinks they will get lost over the sea.
(c) He thinks they are not fast enough and the fish will eat them.
(d) He thinks they are incredibly ugly.

2. How does the old man discover that the fish is slowing down?
(a) From the way the man-of-war bird has to use his wings more.
(b) From the way the flying fish jump shorter distances.
(c) From the flow of blood from his hand in the water.
(d) From the fact that the breeze subsides.

3. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?
(a) The wind gets stronger.
(b) A dolphin jumps over his boat.
(c) Something tugging at his line.
(d) The man-of-war bird lands on his boat.

4. What commonality does Santiago observe in deep water fish when they pick up speed?
(a) They have purple stripes or spots.
(b) They all look green in the water.
(c) They are always hungry.
(d) They turn yellow when they are angry or frightened.

5. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will refuse to eat him.
(b) They are unworthy to eat him.
(c) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(d) They will be more dignified than the marlin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?

2. What does the old man think is a greater punishment for the marlin than the hook in his mouth?

3. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?

4. What does the old man eat to keep up his strength?

5. What happens after the old man harpoons the fish?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

3. Explain the significance of the scattered thoughts of the old man as he struggles to hold onto the fish.

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

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

6. Discuss how Hemingway uses the man-of-war bird, the dolphins, and the flying fish to explain the nature of life in the sea.

7. Describe the conditions during the first night after Santiago caught the big fish.

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

9. What is the bond between Santiago and the boy?

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

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