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When the novella opens, how long has it been since Santiago last caught a fish?

84 days

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?

The worst form of unlucky"

How does Hemingway describe Santiago's eyes?

They are the color of the sea.

What kind of reception does Santiago receive at the terrace café?

Most of the fishermen mock him.

Who is Santiago's hero?

Joe DiMaggio

What hangs on the wall of the old man's shack?


On the night before he promises Manolin to go "far out" to sea, of what does Santiago dream?

Lions on the beach

Why does Santiago not let his lines drift like the other fishermen?

He believes it is imprecise, and he strives always to be exact.

What kind of fish does Santiago first catch?

A tuna

How does the old man know immediately the size of the great marlin he has caught?

He pulls and pulls on the line and nothing happens.

During his great struggle with the marlin, what does Santiago wish repeatedly?

He wishes that the boy, Manolin, were with him.

In what year was The Old Man and the Sea published?


As his first full day of fighting with the fish wears on, what does Santiago begin to think about his adversary?

He considers that he and the marlin are brothers, joined by the fact that they both ventured far out beyond all people and dangers in the water.

What does the weary warbler that lands on Santiago's fishing line make the old man think of?

The predatory hawks that await the bird's arrival near land

What happens to make Santiago curse the treachery of his own body?

His hand cramps.

In order to help himself catch the fish, what does Santiago do?

He decides to recite ten Hail Marys and ten Our Fathers.

The great Joe DiMaggio suffers from what affliction?

A bone spur

To give himself confidence, Santiago remembers his contest with "the great negro of Cienfuegos." At what sport did the old man beat this challenger?

Arm wrestling

Why does the thought of selling the fish's meat disappoint the old man?

The people who will eat the meat are unworthy.

What does the old man remove and eat from the belly of a dolphin?

Flying fish

How does Santiago finally kill the marlin?

He harpoons it through the heart.

How long does it take for the sharks to arrive and attack the marlin?

One hour

After the shark attack, Santiago reflects that destruction is inevitable. How does he articulate this philosophy?

Everything in the world kills everything else in some way.

What happens upon the old man's return to his fishing village?

Manolin promises to sail with him.

The old man remembers that once, when he killed a female marlin, the male marlin

Swam alongside the boat as though in mourning

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