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The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway


Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

Full-Book Quiz

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 hero?

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 dream?

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

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The Warbler

by TheGunney, August 27, 2014

I believe the Warbler which lands on Santiago's skiff before flying off to meet the Hawks could be considered a minor character. I believe it serves as a symbol or something of the small comforts of life which are fine and enjoyable, but often leave us without warning or reason.


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by anon_2223126037, November 08, 2014

In reply to The Gunner.

I think you are right, but I think you can also look at the warbler as almost a metaphor for Santiago.When the warbler lands on his line he is very tired and has just completed a long and hard journey and is resting for a bit before going off to meet the predatory hawks. This is much like Santiago's state just after he has caught the Marlin. He is very tired and worn yet has precious little time to rest before he must go and face the predatory sharks.


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The Warbler

by KamMW, May 13, 2015

I believe that the Warbler is a symbol Hemingway put in the book to represent his mother. In Hemingway's life he kind of pushed his mother away and wouldn't really focus at all on her later in his life. This is because he couldn't stand her criticizing his writing and didn't want her to be around it. Since Santiago represents Hemingway and fishing represents writing in the book I think the Warbler symbolizes Hemingway's mother.

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