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 thinks the objects he watches in the moonlight are:

2. What slides into the soul of the Mariner?

3. How many men are there in the crew?

4. When can the Mariner not do again when he awakes after fainting?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What two things is the Mariner thankful for at the beginning of Part V, and to whom are these things attributed?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of the Hermit. What role does he play? How is he unique from the other characters in the story? What aspects of human nature does he signify? Does he have any importance beyond the natural world?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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