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 Mariner hear after the spirits make their form?

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

3. How does the Ship begin to move after the Mariner wakes from the Heavenly sleep?

4. What falls into the sea, like lead?

5. What adjective does the Mariner use to describe the sea and the Ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the death of the crew.

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

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

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

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

9. Why are the souls of the crew compared to the cross-bow?

10. What does the Mariner mean when he says, "O let me be awake, my God! / Or let me sleep alway," in the middle of Part VI?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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