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 happens at midday while the Ship is being crewed by the dead men?

2. Who is guiding, not steering, the Ship while it is being crewed by the dead men?

3. Who sends the "gentle sleep from Heaven"?

4. The Mariner's heart is as:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Describe the death of the crew.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the poem's presentation of contrition, redemption, and penance. Explain how each follows upon the other in the Mariner's story; how does he achieve each? How do these three things relate to human nature, guilt?

Essay Topic 2

Provide an analysis of the Mariner's character. How does his character change from the beginning of his narrative to the end? How does he describe in the framing part of the story? What are his joys and sorrows? How does he change from before he tells his story to after he tells it?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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