The Old Man and the Sea Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Santiago know that he is not dead?
(a) He pinches himself.
(b) He can bring back the pain in his hands by opening and closing them.
(c) He feels hungry.
(d) He falls down when he tries to get to the tiller.

3. Why do the other fishermen think of the sea in the masculine, el mar?
(a) They take shark livers from the sea.
(b) They like to think of themselves being as strong as the sea.
(c) They see it as a generous man.
(d) They see it as a dangerous enemy.

4. What is Santiago's secret for deep sea fishing?
(a) To keep the lines straight down.
(b) To bring the lines up often so the fish will notice the movement.
(c) To use no more than one line at a time.
(d) To let the boat drift and put the lines at an angle.

5. What does Santiago like to read in the newspaper?
(a) The racing odds.
(b) The baseball scores.
(c) The funny pages.
(d) The weather forecasts.

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

7. As he heads home and stops to look back, what does Santiago see?
(a) The skeleton of the great fish lashed to the skiff.
(b) Small sharks trying to get the last of the meat off the marlin.
(c) Gulls swarming around his boat.
(d) Nothing, because there is no light.

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

9. 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) His hand cramps.
(c) He cuts himself with a knife.
(d) The sunlight gives him a headache.

10. When Santiago spots the shark, what does he know about the predator?
(a) It will not swim fast enough to catch the boat.
(b) It will try to knock him out of the boat.
(c) It has no fear and will do whatever it wants.
(d) It will not bother him if it is not hungry.

11. How does Santiago console himself after the first shark attack?
(a) That he was still alive.
(b) That he had killed the shark.
(c) That the worst was over.
(d) That it was all a dream.

12. What contrast does Santiago think about that shows the hard work ahead of him as night falls?
(a) He thinks about how deep the marlin is and how high the stars are.
(b) He thinks about having to kill the marlin and is glad he does not have to kill the stars.
(c) He thinks about how much larger the marlin is than the tiny stars.
(d) He considers the difference between night and day while fishing.

13. 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 talk to him and keep him awake.
(b) The boy would have kept the line wet so that they did not cut his hands.
(c) The boy would harpoon the marlin as it jumped out of the water.
(d) The boy would have taken over for him and let him go back to sleep.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many times does the old man have to stop and sit down on his way to his shack?

2. What simile does Hemingway use to describe the island of Sargasso seaweed Santiago's boat passes?

3. Why does Santiago feel sorry for the terns?

4. Why does Santiago decide to go farther out to sea than usual?

5. What happens after the old man harpoons the fish?

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