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 forces are steering the Ship while the Mariner is unconscious?

2. What do the recently evacuated spirits form?

3. How many passengers are on the ship that arrives?

4. What does the Mariner watch in the moonlight?

5. What does the Mariner hear after the spirits make their form?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the theme of sin throughout the poem. Analyze how it is significant to the plot and the meaning. Be sure to include the sins of both the Mariner and the crew, how sin in the natural world relates to the supernatural world, and how those sins effected their fates.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the poem's presentation of contrition, redemption, and penance. Explain how each follows upon the other in the Mariner's story; how does he achieve each? How do these three things relate to human nature, guilt?

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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