The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Summary, Symbolism & Themes


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Which prize or prizes did Ernest Hemingway win because of The Old Man and the Sea?

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1. Who is the main character of The Old Man and the Sea?

2. What figure from the Bible is Hemingway's character Santiago thematically modeled after?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Some of the material you will be quizzed on includes the name of the central character of The Old Man and the Sea as well as the award(s) Hemingway won for the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Award(s) Hemingway won for The Old Man and the Sea
  • Shark symbolism in the novel
  • Hemingway's style of writing
  • Biblical figure the novel's central character is modeled after
  • Main character of The Old Man and the Sea

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about minimalism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the main character from the novel

Additional Learning

To learn more about the works of Ernest Hemingway, review the accompanying lesson on The Old Man & The Sea by Hemingway. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide a brief biography of Ernest Hemingway
  • Define minimalism
  • Summarize The Old Man and the Sea
  • Explain two examples of symbolism from the novel
  • Relate at least two themes from The Old Man and the Sea