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 plan to do to change his luck?

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

3. What does Santiago consider as his principal friends on the ocean?

4. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?

5. Why does Santiago think he may have to fight again before he reaches Havana?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. After Santiago manages to kill the shovel-nosed sharks that have taken about a quarter of the meat off his marlin, how does he feel?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does Santiago compare himself to the great sea turtles that are as big as a skiff and weigh a ton?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the effects of loneliness on people.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about overcoming difficulties in life.

Essay Topic 3

Write a summary of The Old Man and the Sea.

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