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 advice does Santiago give the boy about the boat he is now working on?
(a) Save money and buy that boat.
(b) Come back and go fishing with him.
(c) Leave the boat before its luck runs out.
(d) Stay there while the luck is still working for that boat.

2. After many tries to get the marlin alongside the skiff, what does Santiago reach for?
(a) His harpoon.
(b) His water bottle.
(c) His large casting net.
(d) Another bite of flying fish.

3. Who helps Santiago as he lands his boat?
(a) The boy.
(b) The fishermen who are laughing at him.
(c) No one. Everyone is at home in bed.
(d) The whole city turns out to welcome him back.

4. Why does Santiago think he may have to fight again before he reaches Havana?
(a) The boy is not there to help him.
(b) He is still having bad luck.
(c) There is still half of the meat left on the marlin.
(d) The sharks know he cannot see them in the dark.

5. What kind of sharks came the second time?
(a) Shovel-nosed sharks.
(b) Hammer head sharks.
(c) Great white sharks.
(d) Yellow sharks.

6. 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 tells them that Santiago is sleeping and they are not to disturb him.
(c) He starts a fight with a fisherman who is laughing at the old man.
(d) He refuses to speak to the other fishermen in the village.

7. What does Santiago look for as he sails toward the land?
(a) Signs of land up ahead.
(b) Sails or smoke from ships.
(c) Dangerous reefs he might wreck on.
(d) Evidence of sharks in the water.

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

9. Something brings Santiago out of his reverie. What is it?
(a) Something tugging at his line.
(b) The wind gets stronger.
(c) The man-of-war bird lands on his boat.
(d) A dolphin jumps over his boat.

10. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?
(a) The boy keeps thinking the old man has died.
(b) It is the next morning before he wakes up.
(c) The old man talks all day in his sleep.
(d) The boy has to re-heat the coffee.

11. 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 never need luck to win.
(c) They lost once and won't let it happen again.
(d) DiMaggio has recovered from his injury.

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

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

14. What does Santiago imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?
(a) To get some air.
(b) To see if the hook would fall out.
(c) To see what manner of man he was fighting with.
(d) To show him how big he was.

15. How does the old man console himself as he returns home?
(a) There is little damage to his boat.
(b) He promises himself never to go that far out again.
(c) He will never have to go fishing again.
(d) The boy will be there waiting for him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago have besides his strength?

2. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

3. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?

4. What does Santiago mean when he says that he must think because that is all he has left?

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

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