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 "thousand thousand" things live on?

2. In what direction is the Mariner looking when he spots something at the Line?

3. When does the Mariner faint?

4. When the Mariner awakes after the Heavenly sleep, what does he find?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the dice game between Death and Life-in-Death.

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the depictions of human nature in the story. Describe in what ways they are or are not accurate. Be sure to include the following characters in your analysis:

1) The Mariner.

2) The Crew.

3) The Wedding-Guest.

4) The Hermit OR the Pilot.

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