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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. 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?
(a) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(b) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(c) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(d) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.

2. What does the old man think is a greater punishment for the marlin than the hook in his mouth?
(a) Sharks that he cannot escape because of the hook and line.
(b) Hunger and fighting something he does no comprehend.
(c) The fact that he cannot sleep.
(d) The indignity of being caught by a man.

3. What does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?
(a) Revenge for all the fish he had lost.
(b) Throwing a big party for his friends.
(c) The lust for killing.
(d) Pride of being a fisherman.

4. By nightfall of the third day, what does Santiago expect to see?
(a) Other fishing boats out at night.
(b) A few stars.
(c) The lights of Havana.
(d) More sharks attacking his boat.

5. How is he able to clean the dolphin?
(a) By using his right hand and holding it steady with his foot.
(b) By tying the line to the marlin on the thale.
(c) By leaving its skin on and only removing its entrails.
(d) By using his left hand and right foot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Knowing what is coming as he approaches the island currents, what makeshift weapon does Santiago come up with?

2. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?

3. What word does Santiago utter that Hemingway says there is no translation for?

4. Obviously a very large fish that is caught on Santiago's line. What does the fish do all night long?

5. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was it simple for Santiago to defeat the Negro of Cienfuegas when they had a rematch in the spring?

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

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

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

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

7. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

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

9. Describe the danger the Portuguese man-of-war man of war poses to a fisherman in a boat.

10. Describe the scene that shows the good nature and high character of Santiago.

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