Illustration of a marlin in the water

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea Overview Quiz

What is the meaning of "salao"? What is Santiago's name for the sea? Find answers to these and other important questions from Hemingway's novella with eNotes' The Old Man and the Sea Overview Quiz.

  1. Manolin’s parents fear that Santiago is “salao.” What does “salao” mean?

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  2. What does Santiago prefer more than being lucky?

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  3. Santiago finally kills the marlin by:

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  4. What does Santiago long for while he struggles with the marlin?

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  5. What does Santiago use as bait?

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  6. What does Santiago affectionately call the sea?

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  7. Where does Santiago develop a terrible cramp?

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  8. How many days had Santiago gone without catching a fish?

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  9. What does Santiago dream of when he manages to sleep?

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  10. Who does Santiago idolize?

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