The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Important Questions

1.         Why does the wedding guest call the ancient Mariner a greybearded loon?
2.         How did the Ancient Mariner stop one of the wedding guests? What was his reaction?
3.         Was the wedding guest happy to be stopped? Give reasons for your answer.
4.         Describe the ancient mariner?
5.         How does the mariner describe the movement of the ship as it sails away from the land?
6.       What kind of weather did the sailors enjoy at the beginning of their journey? How has it been expressed in the poem?
7.         Describe the ship’s journey from harbour to the southern sea full of mist and snow.
8.         Briefly describe how the ship was caught in the storm?
9.         How did the sailors reach the land of mist and snow?
10.       How does the ancient mariner describe the land of mist and snow?
11.       How does the mariner express the fact that the ship was completely surrounded by icebergs?
12.       How was the arrival of the albatross a good omen?
        What were the blessings which the mariners experienced when the albatross arrived on the ship?

13.       Why was the albatross considered a Christian soul?
14.       How do we know that the albatross was not afraid of the humans? Why did the sailors hail it in God's name?
15.       What was the terrible deed done by the Mariner? Why do you think he did it?
16.       How did the sailing conditions change after the ship had moved out of the land of mist and snow? What or who did the mariners blame for this change?
17.       What consequences did the mariners have to face as a result of killing the albatross?
18.       Why does the mariner say that 'no sweet bird did follow'?
19.      How did the other mariners behave towards the Ancient Mariner at first? How many times did they change their mind about the Ancient Mariner? What does this tell us about their character?
The ancient mariner’s shipmates are a bunch of fickle minded sailors. Comment.
20.       Why did the sailors hang the dead albatross round the neck of the mariner?
21.      What is indicated by the line 'The bloody sun, at noon/Right up above the mast did stand/No bigger than the moon'?
22.       How does the mariner describe the fact that they were completely motionless in the middle of the sea?
23.       What happened when the Ancient Mariner’s ship reached the equator?
24.       What painful experience did the mariner undergo in “the silent sea”?
25.     ‘Water, water, everywhere.... Nor any drop to drink’. When does the ancient mariner make this comment?
26.       What impression do you form of the ancient mariner from the poem?
27.       Justify the title “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
28.       What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
29.       Write a short note on the element of supernaturalism in the poem.
30.       What is the poet trying to convey through this poem?
31.       What is a ballad? Discuss “Rime of the ancient Mariner” as a ballad.
32.      Find examples of the use of interesting sounds from the poem and explain their effect on the reader.

33.       “And I had done a hellish thing And it would work them woe;
For all averred, I had killed the bird That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay, That made the breeze to blow!”

What is the hellish thing?
Does the sailors opinion change later? If yes, in what way does it change?
Why had the mariner killed the bird?

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