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 idea does Santiago have to help tire the marlin out?
(a) Catching more dolphin and making them pull against the marlin.
(b) Tying off the line and rowing in the opposite direction.
(c) Lashing the oars across the stern of the skiff to increase drag.
(d) Raising the sail when the wind blows in the opposite direction.

2. Santiago is pinned down and the line is rushing out around his back and through his hand, cutting them. What makes him think about the boy?
(a) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(b) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.
(c) The boy would talk to him and keep him awake.
(d) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.

3. How does the old man discover that the fish is slowing down?
(a) From the fact that the breeze subsides.
(b) From the flow of blood from his hand in the water.
(c) From the way the flying fish jump shorter distances.
(d) From the way the man-of-war bird has to use his wings more.

4. As the sun sets, what advantage does Santiago tell himself he has over the marlin?
(a) He will be able to sleep but the marlin cannot.
(b) He has eaten but the marlin has not.
(c) On the surface, he can see the stars but the marlin cannot.
(d) Night time is easier for a man than for a fish.

5. Why does Santiago tell the fish not to jump?
(a) For fear that it will attract sharks.
(b) For fear that the hook will work itself loose.
(c) For fear that it will flood the boat.
(d) For fear that the line will have to be let out again.

6. Why does the old man scoop water from the sea after the marlin stops jumping?
(a) To see the water temperature.
(b) To medicate his left hand.
(c) To wash the dolphin flesh off his face.
(d) To get a small drink.

7. What does the old man say he has to eat in his shack?
(a) Sardines and saltine crackers.
(b) Tuna sandwiches.
(c) Yellow rice and fish.
(d) Coconut and barbecue.

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

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

10. Thinking about what the marlin can see deep in the water, how does Santiago recall his own vision years ago?
(a) He recalls being able to see in total darkness.
(b) He remembers that horses are blind at night.
(c) He recalls not ever seeing well after the sun went down.
(d) He remembers he once had night vision like a cat.

11. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?
(a) He would like to talk about baseball while he fished.
(b) He thinks DiMaggio would be good at clubbing sharks to death.
(c) He wants to get free tickets to a Yankee game.
(d) He heard that DiMaggio's father was a fisherman.

12. What does the tourist woman think she is seeing as she looks at the fish skeleton?
(a) Evidence of a feast the night before.
(b) A fish that died of starvation.
(c) A biology experiment.
(d) What is left of a shark.

13. What word does Santiago utter that Hemingway says there is no translation for?
(a) Galanos
(b) Ay
(c) Brisa
(d) Mala

14. What brings the shark towards Santiago's boat?
(a) The flying fish jumping along side the boat.
(b) A dark cloud of blood from the marlin.
(c) A school of dolphins following the boat.
(d) The sound of Santiago talking out loud.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Santiago have besides his strength?

2. How do we know the old man sleeps for a very long time?

3. What is the meaning of salao?

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

5. What does the old man eat to keep up his strength?

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