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 happens to snap the old man out of his conversation with the bird?
(a) The bird starts singing.
(b) An albacore jumps into his boat.
(c) Several shark fins appear in the water.
(d) The fish gives a strong yank on the line.

2. What shows up that the old man thinks of as a friend to talk to?a
(a) An albacore.
(b) A sea turtle.
(c) A warbler.
(d) A flying fish.

3. His back is already hurting him, and then what begins to give him pain?
(a) His neck hurts from continually looking down at the water.
(b) The sunlight gives him a headache.
(c) His hand cramps.
(d) He cuts himself with a knife.

4. How does he know which way to sail?
(a) From the compass he always had with him.
(b) From the way the flying fish are jumping.
(c) From the stars he had seen the night before.
(d) From the sun and the tradewinds.

5. Who does Santiago think would be proud of him after he gets the fish lashed to the boat?
(a) God.
(b) The great DiMaggio.
(c) The other fishermen in the village.
(d) The boy.

6. How old was the boy the first time he went fishing with Santiago?
(a) 7 years old.
(b) 5 years old.
(c) 15 years old.
(d) 10 years old.

7. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?
(a) Respect for the marlin.
(b) Saving other lives.
(c) The reward money.
(d) Self-defense.

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

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

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

11. By nightfall of the third day, what does Santiago expect to see?
(a) More sharks attacking his boat.
(b) Other fishing boats out at night.
(c) A few stars.
(d) The lights of Havana.

12. When does Santiago realize the depth of his tiredness?
(a) As he hauls the marlin's bones out of the water.
(b) As he walks up the hill to his shack.
(c) As he furls the sail.
(d) As he ties the boat to a rock.

13. What is Santiago missing that will not allow him to attract a flying fish to land in his skiff?
(a) A frying pan.
(b) A light.
(c) Small fishing nets.
(d) Flying fish bait.

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

15. Santiago recalls catching marlin that weighed over a thousand pounds. Why is this time different?
(a) This time he has only a small casting net with him.
(b) This time the fish shows no signs of tiring.
(c) Before he was in a much larger boat.
(d) Before he always had someone to help him.

Short Answer Questions

1. After killing the Mako shark, what does Santiago eat?

2. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?

3. What makes the flying fish jump out of the water and scatter feverishly?

4. How does Santiago know that he is not dead?

5. What does Santiago think about giving up hope?

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