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. How many men are there in the crew?

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

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

5. What comes between the Mariner's Ship and the sun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What two body parts are most strongly emphasized in Part III? How?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Present a coherent analysis of the character of Wedding-Guest. Important things to consider include:

1) His unwillingness to listen but compulsion to do so;

2) His fearful interruptions;

3) His actions at the end of the story (not attending the wedding);

4) Waking up the following morning "sadder and wiser."

Essay Topic 3

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.

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