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 objects are at the Mariner's feet during his suffering in Part IV?

2. Which of the following does the Mariner NOT describe seeing when he returns to his country?

3. What does the Mariner feel when he wakes up after fainting?

4. How does the Mariner describe time after the object hangs around his neck?

5. Who makes the dead men rise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. For how long does the Mariner suffer? How is this significant?

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

Compare and contrast the presentations of Thomas Burnet in the Epigraph and the text of the poem itself regarding the invisible Natures. Analyze each presentation separately and then show how they are alike and/or unlike one another. Be sure to include specific references to the text.

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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