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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 happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?
(a) He is able to fight off the sharks in the dark.
(b) His hands are well enough to use both of them with the club.
(c) The sharks come in a pack to get the rest of the marlin.
(d) The sharks leave as he gets near the city.

2. After he finally gets to the shack and puts down the mast, what does Santiago find?
(a) A warm beer.
(b) A newspaper with the baseball scores.
(c) A water bottle.
(d) His bed has been stolen.

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

4. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?
(a) He gives Santiago a new sail for his boat.
(b) He goes every day to help him unload his equipment.
(c) He invites him to his parents' house for supper.
(d) He helps Santiago repaint his boat.

5. What complaint does the boy have about the fisherman he works for after he is forced to leave Santiago?
(a) He thinks he knows everything better than Santiago.
(b) He never lets me carry anything.
(c) He never catches any fish.
(d) He makes him carry everything to and from the boat.

Short Answer Questions

1. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?

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

3. What does the old man think about a cramp?

4. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?

5. What advice does Santiago give the boy about the boat he is now working on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

3. Identify a few passages in the story that indicate the pride of Santiago.

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

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

6. When the big fish first takes the bait, the old man thought about what he was sure the fish would do but he did not say it out loud. Why?

7. What is the bond between Santiago and the boy?

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

9. Describe the last moments that define the valor of the great marlin.

10. 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?

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