The Alchemist Test | Mid-Book 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 does Santiago decide in Part 1 that he will no longer believe?

2. How long does the crystal merchant say it would take Santiago to earn the amount of money needed to go to Egypt?

3. What does Santiago do immediately after leaving the individual who performed a service for him in Part 1?

4. What does the old man advise Santiago to follow?

5. What about Santiago does he think will surprise the merchant's daughter when he gets to the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Santiago's parents send him to study at the seminary?

2. What does the principle of favorability create according to the old man?

3. What does Santiago reflect upon in Part 1 regarding to the sheep?

4. What does Santiago decide in Part 2 is holding him back from reaching his destiny?

5. In Part 1, what does Santiago anticipate explaining to the merchant's daughter?

6. Why doesn't Santiago buy a ticket to the Egyptian pyramids?

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

8. After Santiago gives one-tenth of his sheep to the old man, what happens to the remainder of his flock?

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

10. On what does the crystal merchant need to reflect before he decides?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one aspect of symbolism from the text and explain it in detail. Include details such as: what is the symbol, what is it a symbol for, why is the symbolism important to the story, etc... Include specific examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout this novel, the forces of nature figure prominently. Describe, in detail, how the forces of nature are critical components to the story. Be sure to use supporting details from the text.

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