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 do the recently evacuated spirits form?

2. Who claims the crew?

3. Who does the Mariner hear talking while he is unconscious?

4. What does the Mariner see at the Line?

5. What example of the Mariner's does the rest of the crew follow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the death of the crew.

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

4. How does the Mariner's attitude toward his surroundings in Part IV change? What does this prompt?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe what the Mariner sees when he turns his eyes back to the deck of the Ship, after describing the harbor in Part VI.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion is an important theme in the story. Analyze its presence and influence on the characters and actions throughout the poem. Be sure to include the importance of prayer, the cross, the kirk, and the Hermit.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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