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. After the Mariner feels unexpected love, what is he able to do?

2. Which word does the Mariner NOT use to describe the object he spots at the Line?

3. How many days and nights does the Mariner see the curse?

4. Who does the Mariner find himself working beside, "knee to knee"?

5. What slides into the soul of the Mariner?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. For how long does the Mariner suffer? How is this significant?

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

7. What natural force is described as "roaring" after the Mariner wakes from the Heavenly sleep? What is unusual about it?

8. What two things is the Mariner thankful for at the beginning of Part V, and to whom are these things attributed?

9. Describe the death of the crew.

10. What are the sounds the Mariner hears towards the end of Part VI, and how are they received by him?

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

Personification of inanimate objects is a device used consistently throughout the poem. Explain the significance of the major personifications in the poem (the Sun, the Moon, Death, the Ocean). How does personifying these elements impact the story and the main theme of the story (visible and invisible Natures)?

Essay Topic 3

Religion is an important theme in the story. Analyze its presence and influence on the characters and actions throughout the poem. Be sure to include the importance of prayer, the cross, the kirk, and the Hermit.

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