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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. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?
(a) Two feet longer than the skiff.
(b) Longer than a small tree is tall.
(c) Twice as long as the last marlin he caught.
(d) Twice as long as he is tall.

2. What disappointment does the old man feel because he has been out in his boat for days?
(a) He has not had a beer in two days.
(b) He does not know the baseball game scores.
(c) He has not been able to go to the cock fights.
(d) He cannot remember what the boy looks like.

3. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?
(a) Kill the great fish on the end of his line.
(b) Cut the marlin loose and go back saying he had another day of bad luck.
(c) Eat more raw fish to survive.
(d) Act strange for the boy.

4. Why do the other fishermen think of the sea in the masculine, el mar?
(a) They see it as a generous man.
(b) They take shark livers from the sea.
(c) They see it as a dangerous enemy.
(d) They like to think of themselves being as strong as the sea.

5. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents think Santiago has bad character.
(b) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.
(c) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(d) His parents do not want him to go to sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What complaint does the boy have about the fisherman he works for after he is forced to leave Santiago?

2. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?

3. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

4. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?

5. Why does Santiago decide to re-bait the the small line over the stern of the boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the conflict intensify on the second night?

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

6. Discuss the physical infirmity that begins to plague Santiago on the second day at sea.

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

8. As the conflict between man and fish continues, what does Santiago contemplate to gain advantage for himself? Explain.

9. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

10. Since the fish is too large to fit into the boat, how does Santiago plan on getting it back to shore?

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