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. To what does Santiago compare his damaged hands while harpooning the shark?
(a) The teeth of the shark.
(b) Hitting a home run.
(c) The pain of a sting ray's attack.
(d) Joe DiMaggio's bone spur.

2. Speaking out loud, what does Santiago say to the big fish on his line?
(a) Fish, aren't you getting tired yet?
(b) Come on up and let me get a good look at you!
(c) For heaven's sake, turn around and go the other way.
(d) I'll stay with you until I'm dead!

3. In great pain from the cold, what does the old man hope for?
(a) That there is a cold beer waiting for him.
(b) That a boat will come out and help him.
(c) That the wind will pick up.
(d) That he will not have to fight the sharks again.

4. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will refuse to eat him.
(b) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(c) They will be more dignified than the marlin.
(d) They are unworthy to eat him.

5. Why do the sharks finally go away?
(a) There is nothing left to eat on the marlin.
(b) Their heads hurt from the bat blows.
(c) They know the old man is dying.
(d) They cannot see in the dark.

6. What simile does Hemingway use to describe the island of Sargasso seaweed Santiago's boat passes?
(a) People making love under a yellow blanket.
(b) A yellow oil slick on the water.
(c) Yellow sheets hanging on a line in the sun.
(d) Yellow fish swimming just below the surface.

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

8. How does Hemingway use Joe DiMaggio's injury to show Santiago's limited education?
(a) He pretends to know what a bone spur is.
(b) He thinks DiMaggio can poke out a catcher's eye.
(c) He thinks DiMaggio has chicken feet.
(d) He has no idea what a bone spur is.

9. Why do the other fishermen think of the sea in the masculine, el mar?
(a) They see it as a generous man.
(b) They take shark livers from the sea.
(c) They see it as a dangerous enemy.
(d) They like to think of themselves being as strong as the sea.

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

11. What does Santiago mean when he says that he must think because that is all he has left?
(a) As long as he keeps on thinking, he knows he is still alive.
(b) He can only survive by using the intelligence he has that sharks do not have.
(c) His thinking will help keep him awake after losing so much sleep.
(d) Thinking will keep him from feeling lonely without the boy there to help him.

12. What does Santiago suddenly realize he has been doing?
(a) Falling asleep.
(b) Thinking about the boy.
(c) Going too fast for his lines.
(d) Talking out loud to himself.

13. What does Santiago promise that he cannot do right at the moment?
(a) Say a hundred Our Fathers and a hundred Hail Marys.
(b) Always bring the boy with him.
(c) Get himself a larger boat.
(d) Go to church every morning.

14. What does Santiago think is unjust but something he must do?
(a) Cut the marlin loose and go back saying he had another day of bad luck.
(b) Act strange for the boy.
(c) Eat more raw fish to survive.
(d) Kill the great fish on the end of his line.

15. Why does Santiago tell the fish not to jump?
(a) For fear that the hook will work itself loose.
(b) For fear that the line will have to be let out again.
(c) For fear that it will flood the boat.
(d) For fear that it will attract sharks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man speculate he could use to buy good luck?

2. What worries Santiago as he returns to Cuba in the night?

3. Why does the old man's boat move faster as he nears the land?

4. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?

5. What does Santiago have besides his strength?

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