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 happens to make the old man forget his aches and pains?
(a) The great fish surfaces.
(b) His line breaks.
(c) There is a beautiful sunrise.
(d) A storm comes up.

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

3. Does Santiago think of the wind as his friend?
(a) No, because it is fickle.
(b) No, because it storms a lot in the Caribbean.
(c) Yes, because it is always there.
(d) Yes. Sometimes.

4. What tells Santiago that he is becoming unclear in the head?
(a) He thinks he has two fish on his line.
(b) He tells himself to let the fish go.
(c) He tells the fish to come and kill him.
(d) He thinks he sees the fish turning green.

5. When does the old man hoist his sail?
(a) When it is time to return to the island.
(b) When he thought he heard an airplane.
(c) When he could not row because of the fish at the side of the skiff.
(d) When the winds died down.

6. What does Santiago find in the dolphin's maw when he cuts it open?
(a) A fish hook.
(b) Two flying fish.
(c) A piece of the marlin's tail.
(d) A small turtle.

7. After killing the Mako shark, what does Santiago eat?
(a) More of the dried flying fish.
(b) Nothing. All his food is gone.
(c) The liver of the dead dolphin.
(d) A piece of the marlin where the shark had bitten it.

8. What happens to Santiago as he carries the mast up the hill?
(a) He hears the boy calling his name.
(b) He has a heart attack and dies.
(c) He falls and cannot get up.
(d) He gets tangled up in the sail.

9. Santiago's respect for nature and the marlin he has on his line is profound. What does he think about the people who will eat the great fish?
(a) They will receive some of the marlin's strength when they eat him.
(b) They will refuse to eat him.
(c) They will be more dignified than the marlin.
(d) They are unworthy to eat him.

10. What had become a habit for the boy during the old man's absence?
(a) Arguing with the fishermen who made fun of Santiago.
(b) Saving newspapers for Santiago to read.
(c) Stopping by Santiago's shack every morning.
(d) Waking up late so he did not have to go fishing.

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

12. What does Santiago dream of?
(a) Fishing in a new, large boat.
(b) The women he has known in his youth.
(c) Africa and the lions on the beach.
(d) The fights he had when he was young.

13. What does the old man call the business of getting the marlin lashed to the skiff?
(a) Easy work.
(b) Boy Scout work.
(c) Slave work.
(d) Dugout work.

14. What does Santiago consider as his principal friends on the ocean?
(a) The song birds.
(b) The giant turtles.
(c) The dolphins.
(d) The flying fish.

15. What last weapon does Santiago use against the sharks?
(a) The mast.
(b) A broken bottle.
(c) His fists.
(d) The tiller.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Santiago drink his morning coffee slowly?

2. What does the marlin do as the sun rises on the third day?

3. How does Santiago justify killing the shark?

4. While Santiago pulls in the small dolphin he catches on the stern line, what changes does the marlin make?

5. Why does the old man wish to take Joe DiMaggio fishing?

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