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. What does Santiago want to do with the money he earns by working for a merchant?

2. Where does the old man tell Santiago that his treasure can be found?

3. What port town does Santiago leave from in Part 2?

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

5. What does Santiago decide in Part 1 that he will no longer believe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much money has Santiago earned by the time he is ready to leave the crystal merchant's shop?

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. What does the crystal merchant tell Santiago he is obligated to do as a Muslim?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Decide which event in this novel was the most critical in your opinion. Support your judgment with specific details from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Write a character analysis essay on why certain characters disappear throughout the story. Explain how, even though the characters disappear, they still are reflected in the story until the very end of the novel. Be sure to include specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The book has a subtitle, A Fable about Following Your Dreams. Do you believe this is an appropriate subtitle? Support your answer with your own personal opinion and details from the text.

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