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 is the boy's name?
(a) Gabriel.
(b) Pedrico.
(c) Manolin.
(d) Jose.

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

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

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

5. After eating the raw dolphin, what does the old man promise he will do in the future?
(a) Rig up a stove on his skiff.
(b) Never eat on the boat again.
(c) Bring along salt and limes.
(d) Bring sandwiches.

6. What is the one thing not beautiful about the Mako shark?
(a) His dorsal fin.
(b) His color.
(c) His jaws.
(d) His movements.

7. What simile does Hemingway use to show the boy's admiration for Santiago?
(a) He compares Santiago to a giant shark.
(b) He likens Santiago's fishing greatness to the greatest baseball managers.
(c) He says that Santiago is like Joe DiMaggio.
(d) He calls Sanitiago his hero.

8. What does Santiago think about giving up hope?
(a) He believes there is no such thing as hope.
(b) He believes it is all he can do now.
(c) He believes it is being real.
(d) He believes it is a sin.

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

10. How long had their last dry spell lasted before the old man and the boy caught some good fish?
(a) 67 days.
(b) 64 days.
(c) 86 days.
(d) 84 days.

11. Why doesn't Santiago put the marlin into his boat?
(a) The skiff is too full of water.
(b) He thinks it would be disrespectful.
(c) The marlin is too large.
(d) He is blinded by seawater and cannot see.

12. Santiago hates these sharks because they were something more than killers like the Mako shark. What is that?
(a) Ugly.
(b) Man eaters.
(c) Stupid.
(d) Scavengers.

13. Why is the old man pleased that the marlin had jumped a dozen times?
(a) He was getting a good look at his fish.
(b) When the fish jumps the boat stands still.
(c) The fish had filled its air sacs and could not dive deep again.
(d) He thinks the fish is about to die.

14. What happens when the shovel-nose shark comes and Santiago stabs it in the brain with his makeshift harpoon?
(a) The knife blade snaps off.
(b) The shark almost pulls the old man overboard.
(c) At that moment the wind dies down.
(d) The knife comes untied from the oar.

15. What happens after the old man harpoons the fish?
(a) The fish tries to jump into the boat with the old man.
(b) The harpoon line breaks and the marlin gets away.
(c) The marlin starts swimming fast and pulls the boat with him.
(d) It goes high into the air and comes back down, blinding Santiago with sea spray.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the old man think about to build up his courage as the sun sets on the second day?

2. What does the old man think he killed the fish for besides food and to keep himself alive?

3. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?

4. When the marlin slows and is steady, Santiago finally gets some sleep. What does he dream of instead of lions?

5. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?

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