1. When the novella
opens, how long has it been since Santiago last caught a fish?
2. Manolin’s parents
refuse to let the boy fish with the old man because they believe
Santiago is salao. How does Hemingway translate this word?
3. How does Hemingway
describe Santiago’s eyes?
4. What kind of reception
does Santiago receive at the terrace café?
5. Who is Santiago’s
6. What hangs on
the wall of the old man’s shack?
7. On the night before
he promises Manolin to go “far out” to sea, of what does Santiago
8. Why does Santiago
not let his lines drift like the other fishermen?
9. What kind of fish
does Santiago first catch?
10. How does the
old man know immediately the size of the great marlin he has caught?
11. During his great
struggle with the marlin, what does Santiago wish repeatedly?
12. In what year
was The Old Man and the Sea published?
13. As his first
full day of fighting with the fish wears on, what does Santiago
begin to think about his adversary?
14. What does the
weary warbler that lands on Santiago’s fishing line make the old
man think of?
15. What happens
to make Santiago curse the treachery of his own body?
16. In order to help
himself catch the fish, what does Santiago do?
17. The great Joe
DiMaggio suffers from what affliction?
18. To give himself
confidence, Santiago remembers his contest with “the great negro
of Cienfuegos.” At what sport did the old man beat this challenger?
19. Why does the
thought of selling the fish’s meat disappoint the old man?
20. What does the
old man remove and eat from the belly of a dolphin?
21. How does Santiago
finally kill the marlin?
22. How long does
it take for the sharks to arrive and attack the marlin?
23. After the shark
attack, Santiago reflects that destruction is inevitable. How does
he articulate this philosophy?
24. What happens
upon the old man’s return to his fishing village?
25. The old man remembers
that once, when he killed a female marlin, the male marlin