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. Where does Santiago's father think he will end up after he has seen the world in his travels?

2. Who visits Santiago in his dreams?

3. Which of the follow is not something Santiago decides is a step on the way to his destiny?

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

5. What does the old man says that conspires to see that people really get what they want?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Alchemist tell Santiago about learning to turn lead into gold?

2. What brave step does Santiago take at the beginning of Part 5?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Santiago meditates in Part 7?

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

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

10. What conclusion does Santiago make about all of the information he reads in the Englishman's books?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the evolution of Santiago from the beginning of this story to the end. Use information and examples from the text to support your description.

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

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.

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