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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 decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?
(a) Anything he catches on the small line will draw the sharks away from the marlin.
(b) In case the marlin lasts another night, he will need something to eat.
(c) He needs to keep busy to get his hand to uncramp.
(d) He thinks doing that will take him mind off his pains.

2. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.
(b) Before he always had someone to help him.
(c) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(d) Before he was in a much larger boat.

3. What is the meaning of salao?
(a) A greeting.
(b) The champion.
(c) Extreme bad luck.
(d) A small room.

4. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?
(a) It jumps every ten minutes.
(b) It begins circling the boat.
(c) It tries to chew the line.
(d) It picks up speed and swims on top of the water.

5. How does the boy act defensively about Santiago as the fishermen look at the marlin's skeleton?
(a) He tells them that Santiago is sleeping and they are not to disturb him.
(b) He holds back his tears so the men will not see his concern.
(c) He starts a fight with a fisherman who is laughing at the old man.
(d) He refuses to speak to the other fishermen in the village.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?

2. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?

3. 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?

4. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the old man utilize the power of positive thinking as he struggles with the huge marlin during the night?

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

3. It is now the next day and Santiago had brought no provisions for a meal at sea. What does he have to eat?

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

5. Santiago recalls that he used to sing on the turtle boats, whereas now he talks out loud to himself. When does he think the talking began?

6. Describe Santiago's meal on the second day and why he was so pleased after he ate.

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

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

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

10. What new indication tells Santiago and the reader that this is a truly remarkable fish after the moonlight jump?

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