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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 amusing thing does the old man say to the fish as the fish begins to come nearer the skiff?
(a) Fish, you will look good hanging from my wall.
(b) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?
(c) Fish, why don't you just give up?
(d) Fish, don't you understand that you are beaten already?

2. What does Santiago suddenly realize he has been doing?
(a) Falling asleep.
(b) Thinking about the boy.
(c) Talking out loud to himself.
(d) Going too fast for his lines.

3. What does Santiago think about giving up hope?
(a) He believes it is all he can do now.
(b) He believes it is a sin.
(c) He believes it is being real.
(d) He believes there is no such thing as hope.

4. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?
(a) It picks up speed and swims on top of the water.
(b) It tries to chew the line.
(c) It begins circling the boat.
(d) It jumps every ten minutes.

5. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(b) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(c) Man cannot lose a battle.
(d) Man will always win over animals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?

2. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?

3. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?

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

5. What last weapon does Santiago use against the sharks?

Short Essay Questions

1. It was noon when the old man hooked the fish and four hours later he thinks about something odd. What is it?

2. Explain the significance of the scattered thoughts of the old man as he struggles to hold onto the fish.

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Santiago recalls that he used to sing on the turtle boats, whereas now he talks out loud to himself. When does he think the talking began?

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

9. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

10. What is the bond between Santiago and the boy?

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