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 offer to build for the crystal merchant?

2. What fields does Santiago travel with his flock of animals?

3. What payment does the individual Santiago visits in Part 1 demand for the service she provided him?

4. Why does the Englishman say the alchemist is able to live so long?

5. What makes Santiago realize in Part 2 that he is the only one keeping himself from traveling?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Santiago learn to listen to as he travels with the caravan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Now that you have finished the novel, complete an in-depth analysis of foreshadowing within this novel. Be sure to include what events were foreshadowed and how they were foreshadowed. Use very specific examples form the text to support your ideas and opinions.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the various themes in this novel and how they relate to each other. Use supporting details from the text throughout your description.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the importance of literacy within this novel. Do not report on being unable to read the novel if one is illiterate. Instead, focus on how literacy brings power within the novel. Provide specific examples to support your opinion.

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