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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. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When it is time to return to the island.
(b) When he thought he heard an airplane.
(c) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(d) When the winds died down.

2. What does the old man think about a cramp?
(a) It will make him stop fishing.
(b) It humiliates oneself.
(c) It is something that goes away quickly.
(d) It is better than having to vomit.

3. When the fish begins circling, what does the old man do?
(a) He carefuly starts pulling in the line.
(b) He ties down the line to wait for the fish to tire.
(c) He runs up the skiff's sail.
(d) He gives the fish more line.

4. 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, don't you understand that you are beaten already?
(c) Fish, why don't you just give up?
(d) Fish, you are going to die. Do you have to kill me, too?

5. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(b) The look in the marlin's eye.
(c) The damage to his boat.
(d) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hemingway use Joe DiMaggio's injury to show Santiago's limited education?

2. Why does Santiago always dream about lions?

3. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?

4. When does Santiago plan to be out to sea?

5. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When the big fish first takes the bait, the old man thought about what he was sure the fish would do but he did not say it out loud. Why?

6. By nightfall, Santiago recognizes a change in direction. Explain how he knows that.

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

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

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

10. Give an example of how Santiago refuses to give up after losing the harpoon.

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