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. Who takes pity on the Mariner after he watches the objects in the moonlight?

2. How is the moon described?

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

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

5. What happens when the Mariner regains consciousness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What do the two spirits discuss at the end of Part V?

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

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

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 2

Write an essay on the role of the supernatural world in the poem. Analyze its interaction with the natural world, the poem's characters, and the reasons it acts the way it does. Be certain to discuss the different attitudes of the different supernatural forces towards the Mariner.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the role of the natural world in the poem. Analyze how it is used by characters and forces, why it is significant, in what ways it is important to the advancement of the story, how it is abused, and in what ways it is essential to the story.

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