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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 consider as his principal friends on the ocean?
(a) The flying fish.
(b) The song birds.
(c) The giant turtles.
(d) The dolphins.

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

3. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?
(a) Rig up a stove on his skiff.
(b) Never eat on the boat again.
(c) Bring sandwiches.
(d) Bring along salt and limes.

4. How does he get something to eat?
(a) He puts the small line into the water and catches a tuna.
(b) He cuts a slice out of the marlin.
(c) He catches seaweed and shakes the small shrimp out of it.
(d) He eats some of the rotting sardines and hopes it does not make him sick.

5. Santiago hates these sharks because they were something more than killers like the Mako shark. What is that?
(a) Man eaters.
(b) Stupid.
(c) Scavengers.
(d) Ugly.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the old man discover that the fish is slowing down?

2. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?

3. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?

4. What brings Santiago awake suddenly in the night?

5. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?

Short Essay Questions

1. By nightfall, Santiago recognizes a change in direction. Explain how he knows that.

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

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

4. Give an example of how Santiago refuses to give up after losing the harpoon.

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

6. Why is it important for Santiago to see the fish he has caught?

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

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

9. On the second night, describe the old man's recollection that shows how strong he was years ago.

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

(see the answer keys)

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