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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. What does the Guest command the Mariner to do?
(a) Tell his story.
(b) Let him go.
(c) Join the wedding procession.
(d) Prepare the Ship.

2. Who alters the text of the poem's Epigraph?
(a) Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
(b) William Wordsworth.
(c) Thomas Burnet.
(d) Derek Roper.

3. Where is the Ship after the fog lifts?
(a) The Line.
(b) The Mariner's homeland.
(c) The region of ice and snow.
(d) The Indian Ocean.

4. What distracts the Guest?
(a) An Albatross.
(b) Bridal Music.
(c) His wife.
(d) The Mariner's beard.

5. What is the main theme of the poem?
(a) The problem of Greed.
(b) The study of Natures.
(c) The adventures of Sea-Travel.
(d) The pursuit of Freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comes upon the Ship when it reaches the Line?

2. After reaching the Line, in what direction does the Ship go?

3. What stops the Guest?

4. What does the Guest initially think of the Mariner?

5. In what year is the Epigraph added to the poem?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the metaphor used in Part IV, regarding the Moon and stars: "they enter unannounced, as lords that are certainly expected, and yet there is a silent joy at their arrival".

3. What is meant, in the third part, by, "at a dear ransom he freeth his speech from the bonds of thirst"? Why is this important?

4. Why is it important that the notes make it clear that Life-in-Death wins the Mariner in her game of dice with Death?

5. What is difficult about believing in invisible Natures, according to Thomas Burnet and Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

6. What does Thomas Burnet mean by saying "it is sometimes beneficial to contemplate, in thought, as in a picture, the image of a greater and better world"?

7. In your own words, briefly describe the polar region. Be sure to include important descriptive details.

8. The Mariner has a look of intense regret on his face towards the end of Part I. Why does the Mariner look so, and why is it important?

9. Why might it be significant that the crew cannot speak as part of their punishment?

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

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