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. How many men does the Mariner meet?

2. Which Ocean is the ship described as entering?

3. What is the name of the learned Jew?

4. How does the Albatross die?

5. From what work of Thomas Burnet's does the Epigraph derive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important for the mind to contemplate the invisible Natures?

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

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

4. Why are the notes important to the poem?

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why do you think that the character listening to the Mariner is a wedding guest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Present an analysis of the poem's reversal. How does the Mariner move from despair to hope? Is it primarily a change in his external conditions, or his internal disposition? What impact do the natural and/or supernatural world have on the change in the Mariner?

Essay Topic 2

Present an in-depth analysis of the presence and importance of prayer in the story. Expound on the centrality and efficacy of prayer for the Mariner. Be sure to keep any and all judgments within the context of the poem alone.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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