The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the Guest sit?

2. Where are the men the Mariner meets going?

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

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

5. How does the crew think of the Albatross?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where and why is the Ship stranded?

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

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. Why are the notes important to the poem?

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

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

7. Briefly explain what you take to be the significance of the Mariner shooting the Albatross with a crossbow.

8. 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?

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

10. Why do you think there is such a strong emphasis placed on the Mariner's eye in Part I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the theme of sin throughout the poem. Analyze how it is significant to the plot and the meaning. Be sure to include the sins of both the Mariner and the crew, how sin in the natural world relates to the supernatural world, and how those sins effected their fates.

Essay Topic 2

The Line, the name used for the equator in the poem, is a location where many events of significance occur in the poem. Examine these events and analyze the particular importance of them occurring at the world's equator. In particular, analyze how the Line acts as a physical nexus for all kinds of action, natural and supernatural.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the literal and allegorical significance of the Albatross within the story. Include a well-formed explication of what allegory is before demonstrating how the Albatross fulfills this explanation. Feel free to use external sources to fully show how the Albatross is an example of an allegorical object. Also be sure to relate its importance to the events of the poem.

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