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. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?

2. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?

3. What idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?

4. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?

5. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. When there is another bite on one of his other lines, Santiago cuts it loose. Why?

8. What is the metaphoric significance of the arm wrestling match in Casablanca?

9. How does Santiago show his resolution as he holds the line and thinks about all the things the fish might do?

10. Identify a few passages in the story that indicate the pride of Santiago.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about fishing as a hobby versus fishing for a living.

Essay Topic 2

Write your opinion about Hemingway's style of writing. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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

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