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 fear if he does not sleep after two days?

2. After many tries to get the marlin alongside the skiff, what does Santiago reach for?

3. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?

4. How do you know Santiago had never been up in a plane?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Relate the speech the boy makes to show his estimation of Santiago as a fisherman.

2. Toward the end of the second day, Santiago assesses his situation and thinks he has several new advantages. What are they?

3. How does Hemingway demonstrate Santiago's expertise as a sailor and fisherman?

4. By nightfall, Santiago recognizes a change in direction. Explain how he knows that.

5. Why was it simple for Santiago to defeat the Negro of Cienfuegas when they had a rematch in the spring?

6. Describe the scene that shows the good nature and high character of Santiago.

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

8. Aside from the times that Santiago actually says, "I'm lonely", how does Hemingway emphasize that situation?

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

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

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 respect for nature. Use Santiago as support for your position.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the theme of courage in the human spirit.

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