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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Thomas Burnet say people study invisible Nature?
(a) To find peace.
(b) To broaden their minds.
(c) To know the truth.
(d) To live happily.

2. Which Ocean is the ship described as entering?
(a) The Arctic Ocean.
(b) The Pacific Ocean.
(c) The Atlantic Ocean.
(d) The Indian Ocean.

3. With what is the Mariner refreshed?
(a) Rain.
(b) Food.
(c) Wine.
(d) Angelic company.

4. Slimy things are seen crawling with legs upon the slimy what?
(a) Reef.
(b) Sea.
(c) Mariners.
(d) Ship.

5. What initially changes the sailors' minds about the Albatross, to think negatively of it, after it dies?
(a) The wind changes directions.
(b) The fog clears after the Mariner shoots it.
(c) The ship runs into more ice.
(d) The rains come.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the area into which the Ship first enters, after passing the Line, described?

2. What does Thomas Burnet say happens to the mind that does not contemplate the invisible Nature?

3. Who goes before the bride into the Wedding hall?

4. How does the Ship's journey begin?

5. Who alters the text of the poem's Epigraph?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Epigraph important to the text of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem?

2. What does it mean to be "vigilant for truth" and to "maintain proportion?"

3. Why is it important for man to remain objective in his studies of the two Natures?

4. What seems to be significant about the Guest's compulsion to listen to the Mariner's story?

5. What is significant about the Albatross being mentioned explicitly as a bird of good omen in the notes, and not in the Mariner's relation of the tale?

6. What is significant about the lengthy explanation of invisible Spirits towards the end of Part II?

7. What is meant by "Life-in-Death begins her work on the Mariner?" What is her work?

8. Who is responsible for the becalming of the Ship, and how is this known?

9. For what reasons are there differences between the text of the poem and the text of the notes, such as Life-in-Death only being referenced as the "Spectre-Woman" in the notes?

10. Why is the human mind "always circled around a knowledge of these things" but never attains such knowledge?

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