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. During the time Santiago had the marlin on his line, what does he think the marlin does not know?

2. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?

3. What is the first thing Santiago asks the boy to bring him when he finally wakes up?

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

5. When does the old man hoist his sail?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the conflict intensify on the second night?

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

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

4. As the conflict between man and fish continues, what does Santiago contemplate to gain advantage for himself? Explain.

5. Explain the first indication that Santiago has that he has caught a very large fish, even though he has not seen it and does know know what kind of fish it is.

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

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

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

9. Why is the story about an old man instead of a young one?

10. Why did Santiago decide he could sleep a while on the second night?

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 how people turn to religion when times are difficult.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the importance of knowing what you are up against in any conflict. In the essay explain how it helped Santiago to see his fish.

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