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 are the names of the stones Santiago carries in Part 2?

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

3. What is there increasing talk about throughout the caravan?

4. What does Santiago do with the three ancient Spanish gold coins?

5. Why does the crystal merchant take awhile to decide whether or not to allow Santiago to make the object Santiago offered to make?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Santiago earn money from the crystal merchant?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the boy about his own age offer to help Santiago with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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