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 decide in Part 1 that he will no longer believe?

2. About how long after Santiago builds something for the crystal merchant does Santiago believe it will take him to earn enough money to return home?

3. What warning does the caravan leader give to Santiago and the others?

4. What does the old man give to Santiago in Part 2?

5. While sleeping on the stone floor in Part 1, who does Santiago think about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who are the only people that Santiago's father say are able to travel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Was Santiago's father's prediction that Santiago would find his true treasure at home was true? Explain your answer in detail with many supporting details.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concepts of evolution and conflict in this story. Use examples from the story to support your discussion. Then make a personal connection to the discussion in your own life.

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