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 is the first thing Santiago asks the boy to bring him when he finally wakes up?
(a) The head of the marlin.
(b) A bowl of yellow rice and fish.
(c) Another cup of coffee with milk and sugar.
(d) The newspapers for the days he was gone.

2. What does Santiago reply when the boy asks how much he suffered?
(a) Not much.
(b) Not at all.
(c) Only my hands.
(d) Plenty.

3. How thick is the line the old man uses to catch big fish?
(a) Very small but strong.
(b) A big around as his thumb.
(c) About as thick as an oar handle.
(d) As big around as a pencil.

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

5. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When the winds died down.
(b) When he thought he heard an airplane.
(c) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(d) When it is time to return to the island.

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

7. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?
(a) He changes course and heads south.
(b) He starts going in circles.
(c) He picks up speed.
(d) None. He continues to swim steadily.

8. What does the old man think is a greater punishment for the marlin than the hook in his mouth?
(a) Hunger and fighting something he does no comprehend.
(b) The fact that he cannot sleep.
(c) Sharks that he cannot escape because of the hook and line.
(d) The indignity of being caught by a man.

9. 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 cannot lose a battle.
(c) Man can be destroyed but not defeated.
(d) Man will always win over animals.

10. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(b) The damage to his boat.
(c) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.
(d) The look in the marlin's eye.

11. When the marlin slows and is steady, Santiago finally gets some sleep. What does he dream of instead of lions?
(a) Cutting his hand on the fishing line.
(b) A flight on a plane.
(c) Arm wrestling with the marlin.
(d) A vast school of porpoises.

12. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?
(a) He heard that DiMaggio's father was a fisherman.
(b) He would like to talk about baseball while he fished.
(c) He wants to get free tickets to a Yankee game.
(d) He thinks DiMaggio would be good at clubbing sharks to death.

13. What is a favorite topic of conversation for Santiago and the boy?
(a) Travel.
(b) Baseball.
(c) Drinking beer.
(d) Spear fishing.

14. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?
(a) 6 months.
(b) 1 year.
(c) 84 days.
(d) 87 days.

15. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?
(a) That he will fall asleep and go overborad.
(b) That he might die.
(c) That he will become unclear in the head.
(d) That the marlin will come up slowly and eat his dolphin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?

2. How does he know which way to sail?

3. How does Santiago imagine Joe DiMaggio would be able to do what he is doing with the marlin?

4. What does the old man eat to get more strength after he washed his face and hands?

5. As his head becomes unclear again, what does Santiago ask himself?

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