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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 kinds of worlds are implied in the Epigraph?
(a) Real and imaginary.
(b) Old and new.
(c) Living and dead.
(d) Natural and supernatural.

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

3. Who wins the ancient Mariner?
(a) The Pilot.
(b) Life-in-Death.
(c) Death.
(d) The Hermit.

4. From where is the Ship followed?
(a) The Line.
(b) The Pacific Ocean.
(c) The Mariner's homeland.
(d) The land of mist and snow.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the ship reaches the Line, what is over the mast at noon?

2. How does the Guest listen to the Mariner?

3. What does the Hermit instruct the Mariner to teach others?

4. What does the Epigraph help the reader to see in the poem?

5. Who has the first speaking line?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the Sun and Storm-blast personified and how is their personification signified?

2. Describe the interaction between the mariners and the Albatross.

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

4. 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".

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

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

7. 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?

8. Is the crew superstitious? If so, give two examples.

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

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

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