The Old Man and the Sea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Santiago sees the marlin jump out of the water, what does he realize?

2. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?

3. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?

4. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?

5. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?

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. What knowledge does seeing the marlin bring to the old man?

3. Why was it simple for Santiago to defeat the Negro of Cienfuegas when they had a rematch in the spring?

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

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

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

7. What significance does Santiago place on the sudden pull the fish makes on the line after swimming steadily all night long?

8. Aside from the times that Santiago actually says, "I'm lonely", how does Hemingway emphasize that situation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about gaining knowledge and wisdom through experience versus formal education. Use Santiago as your example.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the importance of self-confidence.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about all the causes for Santiago's becoming addled during this fishing trip.

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