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

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

3. What does the form of the spirits attract?

4. Why must the Mariner remain unconscious?

5. In what does the Mariner see the curse?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Present a coherent analysis of the character of Wedding-Guest. Important things to consider include:

1) His unwillingness to listen but compulsion to do so;

2) His fearful interruptions;

3) His actions at the end of the story (not attending the wedding);

4) Waking up the following morning "sadder and wiser."

Essay Topic 3

Personification of inanimate objects is a device used consistently throughout the poem. Explain the significance of the major personifications in the poem (the Sun, the Moon, Death, the Ocean). How does personifying these elements impact the story and the main theme of the story (visible and invisible Natures)?

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