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 the old man eat to keep up his strength?

2. What happens after the old man harpoons the fish?

3. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?

4. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?

5. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

4. Describe Santiago's first sighting of the marlin.

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

6. It was noon when the old man hooked the fish and four hours later he thinks about something odd. What is it?

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

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

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

10. Why is the story about an old man instead of a young one?

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

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the importance of self-confidence.

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