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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. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He picks up speed.
(b) None. He continues to swim steadily.
(c) He changes course and heads south.
(d) He starts going in circles.

2. What brings Santiago awake suddenly in the night?
(a) The marlin is jumping again and again out of the sea.
(b) It starts to rain.
(c) Another plane flies over at a low altitude.
(d) The smell of the leftover raw fish.

3. How does Hemingway use Joe DiMaggio's injury to show Santiago's limited education?
(a) He has no idea what a bone spur is.
(b) He pretends to know what a bone spur is.
(c) He thinks DiMaggio can poke out a catcher's eye.
(d) He thinks DiMaggio has chicken feet.

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

5. What amazes Santiago as the boy talks about their first fishing trip?
(a) That so many years have passed since that time.
(b) That the boy has forgotten how big the fish was.
(c) That the boy cannot remember one thing about the trip.
(d) That the boy remembers everything so vividly.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

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

3. What is the meaning of salao?

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

5. What does Santiago dream of?

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

3. Discuss how Hemingway uses the man-of-war bird, the dolphins, and the flying fish to explain the nature of life in the sea.

4. What indicates that Santiago has no idea of catching the largest marlin ever landed in those waters?

5. Relate the speech the boy makes to show his estimation of Santiago as a fisherman.

6. How do you know that Santiago only intended to fish for one day when he left to go far out into the sea?

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

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

9. Why is the story about an old man instead of a young one?

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

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