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

2. What does the old man think about to build up his courage as the sun sets on the second day?

3. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?

4. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?

5. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important for Santiago to see the fish he has caught?

2. How does the old man utilize the power of positive thinking as he struggles with the huge marlin during the night?

3. 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?

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. While sleeping in the boat, what are Santiago's dream like?

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

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

8. Why can the old man not let go of the line as the big fish tows his skiff farther out to sea?

9. What happens when the first shark attacks the marlin?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about humility versus pride. Use Santiago's relationship with Manolin as support for your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about overcoming difficulties in life.

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