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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 brings Santiago awake suddenly in the night?
(a) The marlin is jumping again and again out of the sea.
(b) The smell of the leftover raw fish.
(c) Another plane flies over at a low altitude.
(d) It starts to rain.

2. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?
(a) He tells himself to let the fish go.
(b) He thinks he has two fish on his line.
(c) He tells the fish to come and kill him.
(d) He thinks he sees the fish turning green.

3. 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.

4. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.
(b) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(c) God help me to have the cramp go.
(d) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.

5. What vow does the old man make to the fish?
(a) That he will die there with the fish.
(b) That he will kill him before the day is over.
(c) That he will let the fish go after he pulls him up to the surface.
(d) That he will cut him loose if he does not jump out of the water.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the boy fear will defeat the Yankees?

2. How does the old man console himself as he returns home?

3. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?

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. When the marlin slows and is steady, Santiago finally gets some sleep. What does he dream of instead of lions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

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

3. What does the fish do that helps revive Santiago from his weariness?

4. How does Hemingway demonstrate Santiago's expertise as a sailor and fisherman?

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

6. Discuss the conflict of resolution between the old man and the fish.

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

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

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

10. How does Santiago compare himself to the great sea turtles that are as big as a skiff and weigh a ton?

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