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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What amazes Santiago as the boy talks about their first fishing trip?
(a) That so many years have passed since that time.
(b) That the boy cannot remember one thing about the trip.
(c) That the boy has forgotten how big the fish was.
(d) That the boy remembers everything so vividly.

2. Santiago is far out at sea and the fish is from deep waters. What comparison does Santiago make?
(a) They must weigh about the same.
(b) There is no one to help either of them.
(c) They are like to gladiators in the arena.
(d) Both of them are old and past their prime.

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

4. What happens while Santiago and the boy enjoy a beer on the Terrace?
(a) Some of the fishermen make fun of Santiago while others feel sorry for him.
(b) The boy gets drunk because his is not used to drinking beer.
(c) Santiago feels sad because only the boy will sit and drink with him.
(d) Santiago discovers that he has no money to pay for the beer.

5. How many rows of teeth does the Mako shark have?
(a) Eight.
(b) Six.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

6. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?
(a) It has no fear and will do whatever it wants.
(b) It will try to knock him out of the boat.
(c) It will not swim fast enough to catch the boat.
(d) It will not bother him if it is not hungry.

7. Santiago is pinned down and the line is rushing out around his back and through his hand, cutting them. What makes him think about the boy?
(a) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(b) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(c) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.
(d) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.

8. What funny thing does Santiago say to himself after thinking about what he had not brought with him on this fishing trip?
(a) I caught the biggest fish ever but no one will believe it.
(b) You give me much good counsel. I'm tired of it.
(c) Imagine all that work just to feed the sharks.
(d) If more sharks come and eat the rest of the fish, the boat will go faster.

9. Why is Santiago so sure that the Yankees will win their next games?
(a) They have no serious competition in their last games.
(b) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(c) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.
(d) They never need luck to win.

10. What is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?
(a) To jump in to fight the fish.
(b) To let out the line.
(c) To give the fish less and less line.
(d) To let the boat turn around and around as the fish circles.

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

12. What brings the shark towards Santiago's boat?
(a) The flying fish jumping along side the boat.
(b) A dark cloud of blood from the marlin.
(c) The sound of Santiago talking out loud.
(d) A school of dolphins following the boat.

13. What does the fisherman say about the marlin to the boy?
(a) He was eighteen feet from nose to tail.
(b) There is nothing left but head, tail, and bones.
(c) I need a tape to measure this fish.
(d) Why would the old man bring back only bones?

14. How does the boy act defensively about Santiago as the fishermen look at the marlin's skeleton?
(a) He holds back his tears so the men will not see his concern.
(b) He starts a fight with a fisherman who is laughing at the old man.
(c) He refuses to speak to the other fishermen in the village.
(d) He tells them that Santiago is sleeping and they are not to disturb him.

15. How does the old man discover that the fish is slowing down?
(a) From the fact that the breeze subsides.
(b) From the way the man-of-war bird has to use his wings more.
(c) From the flow of blood from his hand in the water.
(d) From the way the flying fish jump shorter distances.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?

2. How does the old man know the winds will blow all night?

3. What does Santiago dream of?

4. What assistance for the old man does the boy try to get?

5. What complaint does the boy have about the fisherman he works for after he is forced to leave Santiago?

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