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 see at the Line?

2. In what direction is the Mariner looking when he spots something at the Line?

3. What do the speakers the Mariner hears while unconscious say is not yet over for the Mariner?

4. Where does the Ship go when the Mariner awakes after fainting?

5. What leaves the bodies of the crew?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Guest interrupt the Mariner in Part V? How does the Mariner respond?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. How do you describe the change in the Mariner's condition through Part IV of the poem?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the presentations of Thomas Burnet in the Epigraph and the text of the poem itself regarding the invisible Natures. Analyze each presentation separately and then show how they are alike and/or unlike one another. Be sure to include specific references to the text.

Essay Topic 2

Explicate the characters of Death and Life-in-Death. What kind of characters are they? How do they change the story? How do their descriptions relate to their actions? Although they only appear in Part III of the poem, they are nonetheless important throughout. Be sure to demonstrate how this is so.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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