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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 is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?
(a) To let the boat turn around and around as the fish circles.
(b) To let out the line.
(c) To jump in to fight the fish.
(d) To give the fish less and less line.

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

3. What does his cramped hand make Santiago think about the boy?
(a) He cannot use his hand at all and the boy could take over.
(b) He thinks the boy would remember how that had happened before.
(c) His hand makes a claw that he thinks the boy would find funny.
(d) He thinks how the boy would massage his hand.

4. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.
(b) They have no serious competition in their last games.
(c) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(d) They never need luck to win.

5. What is the boy's name?
(a) Pedrico.
(b) Gabriel.
(c) Manolin.
(d) Jose.

Short Answer Questions

1. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?

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

3. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?

4. Santiago is pinned down and the line is rushing out around his back and through his hand, cutting them. What makes him think about the boy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Santiago's first sighting of the marlin.

2. What is the metaphoric significance of the arm wrestling match in Casablanca?

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

4. What happens when the first shark attacks the marlin?

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

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

7. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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