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 the old man eat to keep up his strength?

2. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?

3. As he heads home and stops to look back, what does Santiago see?

4. How does he know which way to sail?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What knowledge does seeing the marlin bring to the old man?

3. Discuss how Hemingway uses the man-of-war bird, the dolphins, and the flying fish to explain the nature of life in the sea.

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

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

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

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

9. Discuss the physical infirmity that begins to plague Santiago on the second day at sea.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about why you think Hemingway did or did not know about deep sea fishing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how people turn to religion when times are difficult.

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