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. Death is described as the Woman's:

2. Who is the Mariner eager to see on the rescue boat?

3. What does the Mariner hear after waking from the Heavenly sleep?

4. Which of the following does the Mariner NOT describe seeing when he returns to his country?

5. What leaves the bodies of the crew?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the death of the crew.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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