The Old Man and The Sea by Hemmingway
Study Questions :
(all questions must be answered in full, complete sentences in order to receive full credit for homework.)
- What is the Old mans Name?
- What is the boys name? What country does the story take place in?
- What is salao?
- Why has the boys parents forbidden him to fish with the old man?
- Describe the old mans hands and his sail.
- Describe the relationship between the old man and the boy.
- Describe the old mans home.
- Why does the boy go through the fiction of the yellow rice and the net every day?
- Why do the boy and the old man talk about baseball?
- Who id the old mans favorite team and player?
- What does the old man dream about? Why?
- What awakens the old man from his sleep?
- Even though Santiago is old, his sense of smell is strong. What does this symbolize?
- Why does the old man think of the sea as La Mar (The female)?
- Who thinks of the sea as El Mar (Male)? Why?
- What does the man-of-war bird show the old man? What does this tell the reader about him?
- How does Santiago compare the turtles to himself?
- What is the first fish the old man catches?
- Why does the old man talk aloud to himself?
- How does Santiago know what type of fish makes the green sticks dip sharply?
- Why does the old man talk to the fish? What does he say?
- Once the fish is hooked, what does it do?
- In what direction id the fish pulling? How does Santiago know this?
- Why does the memory of the male and female marlin that he caught with the boy sadden Santiago?
- What does the old man promise the fish?
- How does the fish hurt the old man?
- What type of fish does the old man eat?
- Why does the old man consider the fish to be his brother?
- Which arm betrays the old man? Why does this humiliate him?
- Describe the fish that the old man sees jump out of the water.
- What prayer does the old man say for strength? Why is this appropriate?
- Why does the old man remember the hand game with the great Negro from Cienfuegos?
- How does the old man slow the fish down?
- How does the old man know the fish is tiring?
- Why is it important that the fish jumps out of the sea?
- Why must the old man control the fishs pain?
- During his final battle with the fish, what does the old man fear will happen?
- How does the old man kill the fish?
- How big is the fish?
- Once again, the old man thinks of the fish as a brother. Explain this new perspective.
- When does the first shark strike? What type of shark is it?
- What weapon does the old man use to kill the first shark?
- The old man says, A man can be destroyed but not defeated. What does he mean by this statement?
- What weapons does the old man use to fight the sharks?
- In what order does the old man lose his weapons? How does this add to the suspense of the story?
- Why does Santiago apologize to the fish during the shark attacks?
- What is left of the Marlin?
- What do the townspeople think of the old man upon his return?
- How does Manalo feel about the old man at the end of the story?
- Does the old man win or lose his battle with the sea? Explain your answer.