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 is Santiago looking for in his dream that he never finds?

2. In what building does Santiago spend the night before heading into the village to meet the merchant's daughter?

3. What does the Englishman want the alchemist to teach him?

4. Where is Santiago transported in his dreams?

5. How many golden coins does Santiago's father find in the field?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Santiago spend his time before he falls asleep on the old abandoned church floor?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, Santiago continues refining his skills. Explain how, throughout your life, you have continued to refine specific skills. Be sure to include examples of the events or activities you had to do to refine your skills and make connections to how Santiago had to refine his skills.

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

What do you think is the most ironic event of this novel? Use specific events from the text to support your opinion.

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