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by Samuel Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Quiz 1

1. According to Burnet's epigraph, what does man strive but fail to classify?

  • Works of literature.
  • Woman's beauty.
  • Spiritual beings.
  • Animals and plants.

2. According to Burnet's epigraph, why must man attempt to understand the infinite?

  • To prove to himself that he exists.
  • To end his curse of compulsive storytelling.
  • To maintain a sense of balance between the ordinary and sublime.
  • To earn a place in heaven.

3. Where does the poem's initial encounter occur?

  • In the open air.
  • Inside a chapel.
  • At a wedding reception.
  • At sea.

4. Which of the following does NOT describe the Ancient Mariner?

  • Unnaturally old.
  • Skinny.
  • With a crazed look in his eye.
  • Sprightly.

5. The Wedding Guest is on his way to (do) what?

  • Divorce proceedings.
  • A wedding ceremony.
  • Propose to his beloved.
  • A wedding reception.

6. Why does the Ancient Mariner stop the Wedding Guest and not one of his companions?

  • His instinct tells him whom to stop.
  • The Wedding Guest is the most distracted and therefore the easiest to reel in.
  • He chooses his audience at random.
  • The Wedding Guest asks the Ancient Mariner for directions.

7. Why does the Wedding Guest eventually sit down to hear the Ancient Mariner's tale?

  • He pities the Ancient Mariner.
  • He feels compelled to do so.
  • He is not expected at the wedding anyway.
  • He is tickled by the Ancient Mariner's antics.

8. The ship sailed calmly and contently until:

  • An albatross suddenly landed on the prow.
  • The sun began to set.
  • A ghost ship appeared on the horizon.
  • It crossed the equator.

9. Other than "rhyme," what is the meaning of the word "rime?"

  • An original model of a printing press.
  • The peel of a fruit or vegetable.
  • Limbo.
  • An ice formation.

10. Which of the following adjectives does NOT describe the strange world into which the sailors are blown?

  • Silent.
  • Impenetrable.
  • Desolate.
  • Icy.

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