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. When the Mariner awakes after the Heavenly sleep, what does he "almost" think happens?

2. How many passengers are on the ship that arrives?

3. The Mariner prays to God that if he is not awake, then let him be:

4. What does the person working beside the Mariner say to him?

5. Who claims the crew?

Short Essay Questions

1. After regaining consciousness from fainting, what does the Mariner again feel the effects of? What are those effects?

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

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

4. How does Coleridge use colors in Part IV of the poem? What are some of the colors he uses?

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

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

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

8. In your own words, what is the simile the Mariner constructs after the marginal notes say the curse is expiated?

9. At the beginning of Part IV, what is the Mariner's relationship to prayer?

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

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

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 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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