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. How is he able to clean the dolphin?
(a) By leaving its skin on and only removing its entrails.
(b) By using his right hand and holding it steady with his foot.
(c) By tying the line to the marlin on the thale.
(d) By using his left hand and right foot.

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

3. What complaint does the boy have about the fisherman he works for after he is forced to leave Santiago?
(a) He thinks he knows everything better than Santiago.
(b) He never lets me carry anything.
(c) He never catches any fish.
(d) He makes him carry everything to and from the boat.

4. What does Santiago fear if he does not sleep after two days?
(a) That he might die.
(b) That he will become unclear in the head.
(c) That he will fall asleep and go overborad.
(d) That the marlin will come up slowly and eat his dolphin.

5. What is the meaning of salao?
(a) A greeting.
(b) The champion.
(c) Extreme bad luck.
(d) A small room.

6. What early indication does Santiago get that there are fish around where he is?
(a) He sees the man-of-war bird.
(b) He sees the fish shimmer in the dawn light.
(c) He sees his fishing line moving.
(d) He sees the waves get still.

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

8. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?
(a) He has never been far out before.
(b) He thinks the nearer waters have been fished out.
(c) He thinks big fish may be out where the schools of bonito and albacore stay.
(d) He wants to get away from other boats.

9. What does Santiago wish he could show the fish?
(a) What manner of man the fish was up against.
(b) His club he would use to kill the fish.
(c) How his hand was cramped.
(d) How many fathoms of line he had in the boat.

10. What does the boy order for Santiago at the Terrace Cafe?
(a) A bag of ice to help bring down his fever.
(b) Yellow rice and fried fish.
(c) Hot coffee with plenty of milk and sugar.
(d) Two bottles of warm beer.

11. Why does the boy stop fishing with Santiago?
(a) His parents think Santiago has bad character.
(b) His parents do not want him to go to sea.
(c) His parents think Santiago's boat is unsafe.
(d) His parents force him to go with a lucky boat.

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

13. When do the sharks return after Santiago loses his makeshift harpoon?
(a) Immediately after he ran them off the first time.
(b) Just after dark.
(c) Just before sunset.
(d) Early the next morning.

14. How does Santiago estimate the size of the marlin?
(a) Twice as long as the last marlin he caught.
(b) Twice as long as he is tall.
(c) Two feet longer than the skiff.
(d) Longer than a small tree is tall.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago imagine was the reason the fish finally jumped?

2. Why does Santiago wish the marlin would sleep?

3. What does Hemingway mean when he says that the old man harpooned the shark with resolution and complete malignancy?

4. What happens by midnight as Santiago returns to the land?

5. What promise does the old man make if he brings in the fish?

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