The Alchemist Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paulo Coelho
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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. With the money Santiago has earned working for the merchant in Part 3, how many sheep should Santiago be able to purchase?

2. What is the Englishman in Part 3 looking for?

3. Who rides to join the caravan periodically and warns of dangers ahead?

4. What warning does the caravan leader give to Santiago and the others?

5. What principles does the old man tell Santiago about which create luck?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of the book, how long has it been since Santiago saw the merchant's daughter?

2. How does Santiago think in Part 2 he can get the money to buy a ticket to Africa?

3. How does Santiago travel to the Egyptian pyramids after leaving the crystal merchant's shop?

4. How does the crystal merchant feel about Santiago leaving?

5. In Part 2, what intensifies as Santiago debates whether to stay with his flock or continue on to Egypt?

6. What does the old man confirm after Santiago has sold his flock?

7. At the beginning of Part 2, why is Santiago annoyed?

8. What is the outcome of the display case Santiago builds in Part 3?

9. What advice does Santiago's father share with him after Santiago describes his dream to travel and see the world?

10. In regard to traveling, what is Santiago's father sure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what destiny means to you. Include ideas about whether or not you believe it is predetermined or can change and why you feel that way.

Essay Topic 2

As Santiago embarked on his trip with the caravan, the leader told him that disobedience often means death in the desert. Explain what he means by this statement. Provide examples to support your hypothesis; they do not need to be from the text, but certainly can be from it.

Essay Topic 3

The Alchemist has told Santiago throughout the book that everything is learned by action. Explain in detail what this means, using supporting details from the text. Then describe a time in your life when you learned by action and how it is similar to Santiago.

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