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. The Mariner's heart is as:

2. For how long is the Mariner unconscious after fainting?

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

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

5. What is the first strange thing noticed about the movement of the object that approaches the Ship at the Line?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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 does the Guest interrupt the Mariner in Part V? How does the Mariner respond?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Analyze the superstition of the characters in the poem. How does superstition become a controlling factor in the lives of those on the Ship? How is superstition portrayed in the story? Is it frivolous and silly, or justified? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text.

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