The Old Man and the Sea Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?
(a) He calls Sanitiago his hero.
(b) He likens Santiago's fishing greatness to the greatest baseball managers.
(c) He says that Santiago is like Joe DiMaggio.
(d) He compares Santiago to a giant shark.

3. After killing the Mako shark, what is Santiago aware of as missing?
(a) The feeling in his left hand.
(b) His casting net.
(c) The tradewinds.
(d) His harpoon.

4. Even though the boy can no longer fish with Santiago, how does he show his loyalty?
(a) He gives Santiago a new sail for his boat.
(b) He goes every day to help him unload his equipment.
(c) He invites him to his parents' house for supper.
(d) He helps Santiago repaint his boat.

5. What does Santiago find in the dolphin's maw when he cuts it open?
(a) Two flying fish.
(b) A fish hook.
(c) A piece of the marlin's tail.
(d) A small turtle.

6. What marlin does Santiago think about as he considers this fish he has on his line?
(a) A female marlin that her mate kept jumping up to see where she was.
(b) A marlin that once broke his line and got away.
(c) The first marlin he ever caught.
(d) The marlin he and the boy caught 86 days ago.

7. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?
(a) That the worst was over.
(b) That he was still alive.
(c) That it was all a dream.
(d) That he had killed the shark.

8. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?
(a) It begins circling the boat.
(b) It picks up speed and swims on top of the water.
(c) It jumps every ten minutes.
(d) It tries to chew the line.

9. What assistance for the old man does the boy try to get?
(a) He tries to get his mother to make food for Santiago.
(b) He tries to get better bait for Santiago.
(c) He tries to get the boat he is now on to go far out near the old man.
(d) He tries to get a new sail for Santiago's boat.

10. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?
(a) He remembers that horses are blind at night.
(b) He remembers he once had night vision like a cat.
(c) He recalls not ever seeing well after the sun went down.
(d) He recalls being able to see in total darkness.

11. How long had their last dry spell lasted before the old man and the boy caught some good fish?
(a) 86 days.
(b) 67 days.
(c) 64 days.
(d) 84 days.

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

13. Santiago hates these sharks because they were something more than killers like the Mako shark. What is that?
(a) Stupid.
(b) Man eaters.
(c) Scavengers.
(d) Ugly.

14. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?
(a) On the surface, he can see the stars but the marlin cannot.
(b) He has eaten but the marlin has not.
(c) Night time is easier for a man than for a fish.
(d) He will be able to sleep but the marlin cannot.

15. Why does the old man never jerk on the line?
(a) His hand is too cramped up to jerk on the line.
(b) A jerk on the line might make the fish pull him overboard.
(c) Each jerk widens the cut the hook makes and with a jump the fish might throw it off.
(d) It would take away too much of his own strength.

Short Answer Questions

1. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?

2. What contrast does Santiago think about that shows the hard work ahead of him as night falls?

3. Why do the sharks finally go away?

4. What does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?

5. What does Santiago like to read in the newspaper?

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