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. What does the ice do to frighten the sailors?

2. How does the Albatross die?

3. Where are the men the Mariner meets going?

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

5. On what side of the ship does the Sun now set?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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"?

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

6. Why are the notes important to the poem?

7. 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?

8. What is significant about the lengthy explanation of invisible Spirits towards the end of Part II?

9. Why is the Epigraph important to the text of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the depictions of human nature in the story. Describe in what ways they are or are not accurate. Be sure to include the following characters in your analysis:

1) The Mariner.

2) The Crew.

3) The Wedding-Guest.

4) The Hermit OR the Pilot.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the role of the natural world in the poem. Analyze how it is used by characters and forces, why it is significant, in what ways it is important to the advancement of the story, how it is abused, and in what ways it is essential to the story.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the poem, eyes are prominently mentioned. Analyze the significance of their mentions, how they influence the story, and any deeper significance they might have. Feel free to include your personal opinions on the importance of eyes.

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