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. Which of the following does Santiago not have left after his interaction with the boy in Part 2?

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

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

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

5. What animal makes up Santiago's flock?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Santiago travel to the Egyptian pyramids after leaving the crystal merchant's shop?

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

6. What does Santiago reflect upon in Part 1 regarding to the sheep?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Santiago describes his love for Fatima as true love. Write about what you believe to be the characteristics of true love and use examples from the text to support or defy Fatima and Santiago's love as true love.

Essay Topic 2

Language is a critical theme in this novel. Describe how students who are exchange students or English as a Second Language learners might face difficulties in this class while reading this novel. Provide details and examples to receive full credit.

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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