The Old Man and the Sea Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?
(a) Light brisa, he thought, better weather for me than for you, fish.
(b) God help me to have the cramp go.
(c) He thought of how some men feared being out of sight of land in a small boat.
(d) I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother.

2. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?
(a) Small fishing nets.
(b) A frying pan.
(c) Flying fish bait.
(d) A light.

3. What does Santiago consider as his principal friends on the ocean?
(a) The flying fish.
(b) The giant turtles.
(c) The song birds.
(d) The dolphins.

4. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents do not want him to go to sea.
(b) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(c) His parents think Santiago has bad character.
(d) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.

5. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?
(a) What happened to the marlin's dignity?
(b) Why am I not dreaming of lions?
(c) Is he bringing me in or am I bringing him in?
(d) Why didn't I just tow him behind the skiff?

6. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?
(a) The marlin is too large.
(b) The skiff is too full of water.
(c) He is blinded by seawater and cannot see.
(d) He thinks it would be disrespectful.

7. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?
(a) From the currents.
(b) From the seagulls.
(c) From the clouds.
(d) From the curve of his sail.

8. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?
(a) Arguing with the fishermen who made fun of Santiago.
(b) Stopping by Santiago's shack every morning.
(c) Waking up late so he did not have to go fishing.
(d) Saving newspapers for Santiago to read.

9. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?
(a) Yellow rice and fish.
(b) Sardines and saltine crackers.
(c) Tuna sandwiches.
(d) Coconut and barbecue.

10. What happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?
(a) There is a beautiful sunrise.
(b) His line breaks.
(c) The great fish surfaces.
(d) A storm comes up.

11. What commonality does Santiago observe in deep water fish when they pick up speed?
(a) They are always hungry.
(b) They have purple stripes or spots.
(c) They all look green in the water.
(d) They turn yellow when they are angry or frightened.

12. What is Santiago doing when the boy returns to his shack?
(a) He is looking for something to eat.
(b) He is still sleeping.
(c) He is making a new harpoon.
(d) He is reading the baseball scores.

13. What does Santiago mean when he thinks that man is not made for defeat?
(a) Man can only be defeated if he loses his mind.
(b) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(c) Man will always win over animals.
(d) Man cannot lose a battle.

14. What does the old man think about a cramp?
(a) It humiliates oneself.
(b) It is better than having to vomit.
(c) It will make him stop fishing.
(d) It is something that goes away quickly.

15. How did the old man know the marlin had turned eastward?
(a) The skiff began to go slower against the east wind.
(b) The afternoon sun was on his back.
(c) The eastern sea breezes grew stronger.
(d) His compass indicated the direction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Obviously a very large fish that is caught on Santiago's line. What does the fish do all night long?

2. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?

3. What disappointment does the old man feel because he has been out in his boat for days?

4. How many rows of teeth does the Mako shark have?

5. What does Santiago suddenly realize he has been doing?

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