The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Reading Check
Test on the Poem
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In lines 1-16 with what two methods does the Ancient Mariner attempt to get the attention of the Wedding Guest? Which method is successful?
He grabs his arm
He holds him with his glittering eye(spell on him)- successful
Why does the Ancient Mariner want to detain the Wedding Guest?
To tell him his story
In lines 59-62, what are some examples of onomatopoeia?
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled.
In lines 63-65, what creature of good omen came to the ship? What might it symbolize?
Albatross; a good journey, hope, safety, fortune
What happens to the creature? Why?
The Mariner shot the Albatross for food or sport. There is no explanation as to why he shot it.
What determines whether the Ancient Mariner's shipmates praise or denounce him for slaying the Albatross? What does this tell us about his shipmates' views of nature?
The winds stops they blame him and say it's a bad thing.
It's a good thing when the fog and mist lift.
Nature can be influence by human beings.
In lines 107-116, what happens to the ship to make it "as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean"?
In lines 131-134, in what ways do some of the sailors try to explain the troubles that besiege the ship?
The spirit of the Albatross is what is causing their troubles.
What does the Albatross now symbolize?
Burden, guilt they place on the Mariner
What do the crew members do with the Albatross? Why?
Hung the Albatross around their neck to show that it caused them a burden.
In lines 147-161, what does the Mariner see?
How do the Mariner and the rest of the crew know this to be an apparition (ghost) of some sort?
There's no wind and a ship is coming towards them
According to the side notes, what crew members appear to be on the Skeleton ship?
Death and Life-in-Death
In lines 190-194, what character is allegorical? What does s/he do literally? Whose life has s/he won?
Life-in-Death; plays dice; she won the Mariner's life. He will be alive but in the mist of dead people.
In lines 212-219, what happens to the Ancient Mariner's fellow sailors?
At the beginning of Part IV, why does the Wedding Guest fear the Mariner?
That a ghost/spirit is talking to him
Why does he find the water-snakes so beautiful? Why do they symbolize?
They are alive. He has nothing else around him that is alive. They symbolize hist only connection to life.
The Mariner is unable to pray. What does the Mariner do that causes him to be able to pray?
He sees the snakes and blesses them.
What happens when the Mariner begins to pray?
The Albatross fell off his neck and falls into the sea. The spell beings to break. Burden/curse has sort of been lifted.
What two types of relief does the Mariner receive at the beginning of Part Five?
Sleep and rain
The Mariner hears a roaring wind and sees strange sights. What happens in lines 346-354.
The dead men start to rise and go about their normal business as if they were alive.
In lines 398-409, he hears two voices. What prediction does the "softer voice" make?
The man has done penance and has more penance to do.
Who are the two voices in Part VI?
What is happening to the ship in lines 410-429?
It is moving very fast
How does the Mariner's penance begin anew when he awakens from his trance?
All men were still dead and staring at him. Nothing has changed.
What sight does the Mariner have? Why is this significant?
A lighthouse. He sees his home.
In lines 488-499, what vision does the Mariner have? Why is this significant?
Their souls are finally leaving their bodies and angels stand on each of the corpses. It is a pleasant site.
What three people come to the ship in their own boat?
Pilot, Pilot's son, hermit (friar)
In lines 546-555, what happens to the ship and to the Mariner as the boat nears them?
The ship sinks and all that is left on the surface is the Mariner.
What continuing penance must the Mariner pay, according to lines 582-590?
He has to tell his tale over and over, and he knows who to tell it to when he sees them.
What is the moral of the tale?
Love everything and respect all of life because we are all God' creatures. We must respect all living things.
What situation does the mariner force his story on a young man?
At a wedding
What follows the ship and seems to be an omen of good luck?
What terrible thing does the mariner do, and why does he do it?
Shot the bird, no reason
What causes his fellow crew members to become accomplices?
When fog lifts may praise mariner for shooting the bird
What happens to the ship when it nears the equator?
Stuck in still waters
What do the crew members do to signify the mariner's guilt?
Hang bird around is neck
What does the mariner do so that he can cry out when he sees an approaching ship?
Bites arm, and drinks blood
What is creepy about the approaching ship?
Sailing with no wind, tide
What are its crew members doing and what is the result?
What does each crew member do before he falls down dead?
Look at mariner with look of blame and curse him
What does the noise of each soul flying "to bliss or woe" remind the mariner of?
Whiz of the crossbow, direct consequence for shooting albatross
How does the mariner feel about the sea creatures, and what can't he do as a result?
Jealous them, can't pray
What are the dead men doing as they lie on the boat and how long does this last?
Curse liveth in eye of the dead man, 7 days/nights
Describe the way the mariner's love for the sea snakes comes over him
Despised, but struck by their beauty
Whom does he credit for this new feeling
What is he able to do as a result, and what happens to signify the release of his guilt?
Pray, albatross falls off neck
What else is he now able to do, and what gift does he receive from the sky
What strange thing do the bodies of the crew do, and how is this possible?
They come alive again, so to speak, groan/start working on the ship to steer it on, they are now inhabited by the spirits(angels)
After the bodies fell down, what caused the ship to go?
Lonesome spirit from south pole, more supernatural spirit(s)
What caused the Mariner to pass out?
Ship stops then it leaps faster and starts moving really fast and mariner falls and hits his head
Why is the mariner put into a trance while the two spirits are talking
Ship moving too fast, he fell and hit his head
What final thing does the crew do together before the curse is expiated?
Stand together on the ship and glare at him
Where does the gentle breeze take the mariner and his ship?
Back to his country
What does the seraph-band do after coming out of the bodies?
They turn into lights (angels) then wave him on and goodbye
Why is the hermit the perfect man to shrieve the mariner's soul
The hermit represents nature, and a "Christ like" figure; pure, priestly
What happens to the ship and how does the mariner survive?
It sinks; a pilot's boat comes and saves him
What is the mariner's curse
Tell his story everywhere over the world; to teach his lesson over and over again
What has taken place wile the mariner has been telling his story
In what state does the young man rise the following morning