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 tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?

2. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?

3. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?

4. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?

5. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Identify a few passages in the story that indicate the pride of Santiago.

6. While sleeping in the boat, what are Santiago's dream like?

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

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

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

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

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 explaining you opinion on what happens to the old man after he returns with the marlin bones.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the hardships of fishing for a living.

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