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

2. What question does Thomas Burnet ask about these natures?
(a) Who explains the visible Nature?
(b) Where do the Natures reside?
(c) How does man distinguish between the visible and invisible?
(d) Who explains the invisible Nature to us?

3. Thomas Burnet says man must be vigilant of:
(a) Night.
(b) Proportion.
(c) Life.
(d) Truth.

4. Why do his shipmates cry out against the Mariner?
(a) For complaining about the cold.
(b) For killing the Albatross.
(c) For fighting with them.
(d) For leading the Ship the wrong way.

5. Who has the first speaking line?
(a) The Ancient Mariner.
(b) The Pilot.
(c) Thomas Burnet.
(d) The Wedding-Guest.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Guest command the Mariner to do?

2. How many men does the Mariner meet?

3. What are seen dancing at night?

4. What is the purpose of the notes?

5. What kinds of worlds are implied in the Epigraph?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What are some of the punishments of the crew?

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

8. Describe Thomas Burnet's overall attitude towards the invisible Nature.

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

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

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