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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 does Santiago find in the dolphin's maw when he cuts it open?
(a) Two flying fish.
(b) A fish hook.
(c) A piece of the marlin's tail.
(d) A small turtle.

2. When does Santiago finally see the lights of the city?
(a) About ten at night.
(b) After the moon rises.
(c) Early the next morning before dawn.
(d) Just as he is about to give up.

3. 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.

4. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?
(a) Boy Scout work.
(b) Slave work.
(c) Easy work.
(d) Dugout work.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?

2. What does his cramped hand make Santiago think about the boy?

3. What amazes Santiago as the boy talks about their first fishing trip?

4. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. While sleeping in the boat, what are Santiago's dream like?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Santiago does not consider himself to be religious, but what happens to show that he was at one time before?

8. Toward the end of the second day, Santiago assesses his situation and thinks he has several new advantages. What are they?

9. Show how Hemingway uses the literary form of personification as Santiago thinks about the great fish he has hooked.

10. Discuss the idea of luck in The Old Man and the Sea.

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