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

2. When Santiago sees the marlin jump out of the water, what does he realize?
(a) The marlin is getting very tired and the game is about over.
(b) He and the marlin are about the same size.
(c) It will take another day to bring in this marlin.
(d) He is no physical match for the marlin.

3. What is Santiago's plan as the fist keeps circling?
(a) To jump in to fight the fish.
(b) To let the boat turn around and around as the fish circles.
(c) To give the fish less and less line.
(d) To let out the line.

4. What evidence does the old man have of his long, hard fight with the marlin?
(a) His damaged hands and his painful back.
(b) The long wet line he has now pulled into the skiff.
(c) The look in the marlin's eye.
(d) The damage to his boat.

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

6. What does the old man imagine about the marlin if it had been alive?
(a) He thinks the marlin would get away because it can jump so high.
(b) He imagines the marlin would eat the harks.
(c) He imagines it fighting the sharks with the spear on its head.
(d) He thinks the marlin could outswim the sharks.

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

8. What is the boy's reaction when the proprietor of the Terrace compliments his catch the day before?
(a) He says to tell people to go visit the old man.
(b) He says to stop talking or it will bring him bad luck.
(c) He says the proprietor should see what the old man caught.
(d) He says to damn his fish and starts crying again.

9. When the marlin slows and is steady, Santiago finally gets some sleep. What does he dream of instead of lions?
(a) Arm wrestling with the marlin.
(b) A flight on a plane.
(c) Cutting his hand on the fishing line.
(d) A vast school of porpoises.

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

11. How long had Santiago gone without catching a fish?
(a) 1 year.
(b) 6 months.
(c) 87 days.
(d) 84 days.

12. As Santiago keeps vigil over his line, what does he wish for?
(a) The boy.
(b) The water bottle.
(c) The dawn.
(d) The food he forgot to bring.

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

14. What does the old man think about to build up his courage as the sun sets on the second day?
(a) He thinks about how the boy looks up to him as a great fisherman.
(b) He recalls killing a shark while he was swimming one day.
(c) He remembers arm wrestling and defeating the Negro from Cienfuegos.
(d) He remembers surviving after falling overboard.

15. How does Hemingway use Joe DiMaggio's injury to show Santiago's limited education?
(a) He has no idea what a bone spur is.
(b) He thinks DiMaggio has chicken feet.
(c) He pretends to know what a bone spur is.
(d) He thinks DiMaggio can poke out a catcher's eye.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What last weapon does Santiago use against the sharks?

3. Why does the old man scoop water from the sea after the marlin stops jumping?

4. What does the old man do to prepare for the arrival of the shark?

5. What does Santiago think there are people who are paid to do?

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