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. How do the brown sharks attack the old man's fish?

2. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?

3. What effect did his movement and the hot sun during the day have on Santiago?

4. Why does the old man never jerk on the line?

5. How long does Santiago think he will be out to sea the morning he leaves to go far out?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Santiago think about the night time conflict between himself and the great fish?

3. 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?

4. What is the literary purpose of references to Joe DiMaggio in the story?

5. Discuss the idea of luck in The Old Man and the Sea.

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

8. Give an example of how Santiago refuses to give up after losing the harpoon.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about all the causes for Santiago's becoming addled during this fishing trip.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about fishing as a hobby versus fishing for a living.

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