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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. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.
(b) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(c) They never need luck to win.
(d) They have no serious competition in their last games.

2. 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 invites him to his parents' house for supper.
(c) He helps Santiago repaint his boat.
(d) He goes every day to help him unload his equipment.

3. As Santiago keeps vigil over his line, what does he wish for?
(a) The water bottle.
(b) The food he forgot to bring.
(c) The dawn.
(d) The boy.

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

5. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?
(a) There is little weight now on the side of his boat.
(b) He is being carried by the Gulf Stream.
(c) Sharks are pushing it along.
(d) The winds pick up.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?

2. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?

3. Why does Santiago feel sorry for the terns?

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

5. What does the old man eat to keep up his strength?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. There is something almost religious about Santiago's walk to his shack after landing with the bones of the marlin. Describe it.

3. How does Santiago think about the night time conflict between himself and the great fish?

4. How does the man-of-war bird help Santiago catch an albacore?

5. What is Santiago's analysis of having a cramp, especially when one is alone?

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

7. Why is it important for Santiago to see the fish he has caught?

8. It is now the next day and Santiago had brought no provisions for a meal at sea. What does he have to eat?

9. Describe Santiago's meal on the second day and why he was so pleased after he ate.

10. What is the literary purpose of references to Joe DiMaggio in the story?

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