The Old Man and the Sea Test | Final 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 think about giving up hope?

2. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?

3. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

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

5. What does the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the meaning of the statement that Santiago loved the lions in his dreams like he loved the boy.

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

3. How does Hemingway use conversation between the old man and the boy to show Santiago's age?

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. How does the conflict intensify on the second night?

6. Why did Santiago give up arm wrestling?

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

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

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

10. There is something almost religious about Santiago's walk to his shack after landing with the bones of the marlin. Describe it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about gaining knowledge and wisdom through experience versus formal education. Use Santiago as your example.

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 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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