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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 simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?
(a) He calls Sanitiago his hero.
(b) He says that Santiago is like Joe DiMaggio.
(c) He compares Santiago to a giant shark.
(d) He likens Santiago's fishing greatness to the greatest baseball managers.

2. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?
(a) To keep the lines straight down.
(b) To bring the lines up often so the fish will notice the movement.
(c) To let the boat drift and put the lines at an angle.
(d) To use no more than one line at a time.

3. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?
(a) Waking up late so he did not have to go fishing.
(b) Stopping by Santiago's shack every morning.
(c) Arguing with the fishermen who made fun of Santiago.
(d) Saving newspapers for Santiago to read.

4. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?
(a) 6 times.
(b) 5 times.
(c) 3 times.
(d) 2 times.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Santiago know that he is not dead?

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

3. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?

4. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?

5. What does the old man conclude defeated him?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Santiago manages to kill the shovel-nosed sharks that have taken about a quarter of the meat off his marlin, how does he feel?

2. Describe Santiago's first sighting of the marlin.

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

4. What makes Manolin cry after he discovers the old man at his house?

5. After the marlin jumps during the night, there is a lull. What does it allow Santiago to do?

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

7. Describe the conditions during the first night after Santiago caught the big fish.

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

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

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

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