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 does Santiago justify killing the shark?

2. How does the old man get hurt when the fish yanks on the line?

3. What happens to snap the old man out of his conversation with the bird?

4. Why do the sharks finally go away?

5. What amusing thing does the old man say to the fish as the fish begins to come nearer the skiff?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After the marlin jumps during the night, there is a lull. What does it allow Santiago to do?

3. Describe the conditions during the first night after Santiago caught the big fish.

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

5. Show how Hemingway uses the literary form of personification as Santiago thinks about the great fish he has hooked.

6. What is Santiago's analysis of having a cramp, especially when one is alone?

7. What new indication tells Santiago and the reader that this is a truly remarkable fish after the moonlight jump?

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

9. Explain the first indication that Santiago has that he has caught a very large fish, even though he has not seen it and does know know what kind of fish it is.

10. It is now the next day and Santiago had brought no provisions for a meal at sea. What does he have to eat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about loyalty. Use Manolin as your example.

Essay Topic 2

Write a summary of The Old Man and the Sea.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about symbolism Hemingway uses in The Old Man and the Sea.

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