The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Test | Final 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 Guest fear at the beginning of Part IV?

2. Which color is NOT used to describe the objects the Mariner watches in the moonlight?

3. How does the Mariner describe the sails of the other ship?

4. What does the Mariner do, without realizing it, after watching the objects in the moonlight?

5. What does the Mariner reassure the Guest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Ship after the Mariner faints? Who relates the action of the story while he is unconscious?

2. Describe the dice game between Death and Life-in-Death.

3. What two body parts are most strongly emphasized in Part III? How?

4. What is the Mariner's initial reaction to his surroundings in Part IV? Why is this significant?

5. What are some of the descriptions of the ship carrying Death and Life-in-Death?

6. Describe what the Mariner sees when he turns his eyes back to the deck of the Ship, after describing the harbor in Part VI.

7. How is Life-in-Death described? What is the significance of Life-in-Death's description?

8. How does the Mariner's attitude toward his surroundings in Part IV change? What does this prompt?

9. Who does the Mariner describe as a "ghastly crew", and why?

10. Why is it important that the Mariner remains unconscious at the beginning of Part VI? What happens when he awakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explicate the structure of the poem's story. Be sure to discuss complication, climax, and reversal (as well as any other applicable dramatic elements). Analyze how the elements move from one to the next.

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

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?

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