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 does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?
(a) Throwing a big party for his friends.
(b) Pride of being a fisherman.
(c) The lust for killing.
(d) Revenge for all the fish he had lost.

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the old man get hurt when the fish yanks on the line?
(a) The line cuts his hand where he was holding it.
(b) The yank causes his back to ache.
(c) The old man falls over and hits his head.
(d) The line gets tangled around his feet.

8. Why does the old man never jerk on the line?
(a) It would take away too much of his own strength.
(b) His hand is too cramped up to jerk on the line.
(c) Each jerk widens the cut the hook makes and with a jump the fish might throw it off.
(d) A jerk on the line might make the fish pull him overboard.

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

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

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

12. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?
(a) He will invite the whole village for a fish dinner.
(b) He will never go fishing again.
(c) He will demand that the boy's parents let him come back to him.
(d) He will make a pilgrimmage to the Virgin of Cobre.

13. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?
(a) It is too hot.
(b) He cannot afford another cup of coffee.
(c) It is all he will have until he returns that night.
(d) It has too much sugar and condensed milk in it.

14. Who does the boy fear will defeat the Yankees?
(a) The White Sox.
(b) The Cleveland Indians.
(c) The Red Sox.
(d) The Baltimore Orioles.

15. What does Santiago think there are people who are paid to do?
(a) Write books about fishing.
(b) Understand the omens.
(c) Think about sin.
(d) Build bigger boats than his.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

2. How does the old man think he could have made better preparation for eating the raw fish?

3. How old was the boy the first time he went fishing with Santiago?

4. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?

5. Which line below gives an indication of Santiago's respect for nature?

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