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. Who has the first speaking line?

2. What is the "Line"?

3. What does the approaching ship resemble?

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

5. What stops the Guest?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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".

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where and why is the Ship stranded?

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

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 mounting of despair in the first half of the poem. What sort of events prompt feelings of despair? What influence upon despair is had by the supernatural? How much of the despair experience is strictly natural? Be sure to mention the inability to speak, and particularly to pray.

Essay Topic 2

Explicate the characters of Death and Life-in-Death. What kind of characters are they? How do they change the story? How do their descriptions relate to their actions? Although they only appear in Part III of the poem, they are nonetheless important throughout. Be sure to demonstrate how this is so.

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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