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

2. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?

3. What funny thing does Santiago say to himself after thinking about what he had not brought with him on this fishing trip?

4. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?

5. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What new indication tells Santiago and the reader that this is a truly remarkable fish after the moonlight jump?

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

6. Describe the last moments that define the valor of the great marlin.

7. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

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

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

10. Santiago does not consider himself to be religious, but what happens to show that he was at one time before?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about how Santiago took chances because of his bad luck.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the hardships of fishing for a living.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about respect for nature. Use Santiago as support for your position.

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