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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the individual who Santiago visits in Part 1 before going to see the merchant's daughter do for him?
(a) Tells his fortune.
(b) Reads the bumps on his head.
(c) Interprets his dreams.
(d) Reads his palm.

2. What is Santiago's first job on his journey?
(a) Selling tickets.
(b) Cleaning up after camels.
(c) Cleaning windows.
(d) Creating crystals.

3. How much of his flock does Santiago give to the old man?
(a) One-half.
(b) One-fourth.
(c) One-tenth.
(d) Nine-tenths.

4. What is the Englishman in Part 3 looking for?
(a) Omens.
(b) An alchemist.
(c) Crystals.
(d) Mecca.

5. Where is Santiago transported in his dreams?
(a) The Egyptian pyramids.
(b) The castle of the king.
(c) Andalusia.
(d) The gypsy's home.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the decision to not return home in Part 3 make Santiago feel?

2. What alone will not suffice, according to the Englishman, to make it across the desert?

3. Where does the old man tell Santiago that his treasure can be found?

4. What does Santiago offer to build for the crystal merchant?

5. Why does the crystal merchant take awhile to decide whether or not to allow Santiago to make the object Santiago offered to make?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Santiago learn to listen to as he travels with the caravan?

2. In Part 1, what does Santiago anticipate explaining to the merchant's daughter?

3. How does Santiago think in Part 2 he can get the money to buy a ticket to Africa?

4. What does the boy about his own age offer to help Santiago with?

5. In regard to traveling, what is Santiago's father sure?

6. What does the crystal merchant tell Santiago he is obligated to do as a Muslim?

7. At the beginning of the book, how long has it been since Santiago saw the merchant's daughter?

8. How does Santiago spend his time before he falls asleep on the old abandoned church floor?

9. How does the crystal merchant feel about Santiago leaving?

10. What does Santiago decide in Part 2 is holding him back from reaching his destiny?

(see the answer keys)

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