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Chapter 10: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Chapter 10: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner solutions [Pages 106 - 118]

Q 1 | Page 106

1. What can you see in the picture? Does the man look happy? Give reasons for your answer.

2. Why does he have the bird hanging around his neck?

3. Have you heard of the expression-'having an albatross around your neck'? What do you
think it means? Does it mean:
a. something that you can always be proud of
b. something that you have to do because you have no choice
c. something that is with you all the time as a reminder that you have done something wrong?

4. What is an albatross?

Q 4 | Page 110

Here are some of the archaic words used in the poem; can you match them with the words used in modern English language that mean the same? The first one has been done for you as an example:

 stoppeth    why
 thy entered
wherefore stopped
stopp'st you
thou lunatic
may'st at once
quoth fainting fit
loon has
eftsoons can't you
dropt stopping
 hath church
 spake enemy
 kirk yes
paced see
 foe call
aye trouble
 en looking
swound your
 hollo said
 plague dropped
 look'st spoke

 

Q 5 | Page 111

Using the words given above rewrite PART I of the poem in your own words. The first stanza has been done as an example:

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
An old sailor stopped one of the three people passing by, who asked: "Old man, with your long grey beard and glittering eye, why are you stopping me?"

Q 6.01 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from those given below:

The Ancient Mariner stopped one of the three wedding guests because…………

  • he wanted to attend the wedding with him

  • he wanted him to sit with him

  • he wanted him to listen to his story

  • he wanted to stop him from going to the wedding

Q 6.02 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from those given below:

The wedding guest remarked that he was 'next of kin' It meant that …….. 

  • he was a close relation of the bridegroom

  • he was a close relation of the bride

  • he was next in line to get married

  • he had to stand next to the bridegroom during the wedding

Q 6.03 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from those given below:

'He cannot choose but hear' means………

  • ‘the mariner was forced to hear the story of the wedding guest.’

  • ‘the wedding guest was forced to hear the story of the mariner.’

  • ‘the mariner had the choice of not listening to the story of the wedding guest.’

  • ‘the wedding guest had the choice of not listening to the story of the mariner.’

Q 6.04 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from those given below:

'The sun came up upon the left, /Out of the sea came he;'This line tells us that the ship………………….

  • was moving in the northern direction

  • was moving eastwards

  • was moving in the western direction

  • was moving towards the south

Q 6.05 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

The Wedding-Guest beat his breast because…………

  • he could hear the sound of the bassoon

  • he was forced to listen to the Mariner's tale when he wanted to attend the
    wedding.

  • the sound of the bassoon meant that the bride had arrived and the wedding  ceremony was about to begin and he could not attend it.

  • the sound of the bassoon announced the arrival of the bride and the start of
    the wedding ceremony.

Q 6.06 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

The storm blast had been described as being tyrannous because……….

  • it was so fierce that it frightened the sailors

  • it took complete control of the ship

  • the storm was very powerful

  • the sailors were at its mercy

Q 6.07 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

The sailors felt depressed on reaching the land of mist and snow because……

  • there was no sign of any living creature

  • they felt they would die in that cold weather

  •  they were surrounded by icebergs and there seemed to be no sign of life

  • everything was grey in colour and they felt very cold

Q 6.08 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

The sailors were happy to see the albatross because……..

  • it was the first sign of life and therefore gave them hope that they might
    survive

  • it split the icebergs around the ship and helped the ship move forward.

  • it was a messenger from God and it lifted the fog and mist.

  •  it gave them hope of survival by splitting the icebergs.

Q 6.09 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

The two things that happened after the arrival of the albatross were ……

  • the icebergs split and the albatross became friendly with the sailors

  • the icebergs split and a strong breeze started blowing

  • the ship was pushed out of the land of mist and the ice melted.

  •  the albatross started playing with the mariners and ate the food they offered.

Q 6.1 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

'It perched for vespers nine' means………

  • the ship stopped sailing at nine o'clock every day

  • the albatross would appear at a fixed time everyday.

  • the albatross would sit on the sail or the mast everyday

  • the albatross was a holy creature

Q 6.11 | Page 111

Answer the following by choosing the right option from given below:

'God save thee, ancient Mariner, /From the fiends that plague thee thus!- Why look'st thou so?' means……….

  • the mariner wanted to know why the wedding guest was looking so tormented

  • the wedding guest wanted to know why the mariner was looking so tormented

  • the wedding guest wanted to know whether some creatures were troubling the ancient mariner

  • the ancient mariner wanted to know whether something was troubling the wedding guest

Q 7.1 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

How did the ancient mariner stop the wedding guest?

Q 7.2 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

Was the wedding guest happy to be stopped? Give reasons for your answer.

Q 7.3 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

Describe the ancient mariner.

Q 7.4 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

How does the mariner describe the movement of the ship as it sails away from the land?

Q 7.5 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

What kind of weather did the sailors enjoy at the beginning of their journey? How has it been depicted in the poem?

Q 7.6 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

How did the sailors reach the land of mist and snow?

Q 7.7 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

How does the mariner express the fact that the ship was completely surrounded by icebergs?

Q 7.8 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

How do we know that the albatross was not afraid of the humans? Why did the sailors hail it in God's name?

Q 7.9 | Page 113

Answer the following question briefly.

What was the terrible deed done by the Mariner? Why do you think he did it ?

Q 8 | Page 113

There are a number of literary devices used in the poem. Some of them have been listed below. Choose the right ones and write them down in the table as shown in the example. In each of the cases, explain what they mean.

simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification. hyperbole, repetition,

 

1. The Wedding-Guest stood still, And listens like a three years' child: Simile; the wedding guest was completely under the control of the mariner
2. Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top  
3. The sun came up upon the left, Out of the sea came he  
4. The bride hath paced into the hall, Red as a rose is she  
5. And now the storm-blast came, and he was tyrannous and strong:  
6. With sloping masts and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe  
7. The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around  
Q 11.01 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

In which direction did the ship start moving? How can you say?

Q 11.02 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

Why does the mariner say that 'no sweet bird did follow'?

Q 11.03 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

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?

Q 11.04 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

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?

Q 11.05 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

What is indicated by the line 'The bloody sun, at noon,/Right up above the mast did stand,/No bigger than the moon'?

Q 11.06 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

How does the mariner describe the fact that they were completely motionless in the middle of the sea?

Q 11.07 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

What is the irony in the ninth stanza? Explain it in your own words.

Q 11.08 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

What is the narrator trying to convey through the description of the situation in the tenth and eleventh stanza ?

Q 11.09 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

What or who did the mariners feel was responsible for their suffering?

Q 11.1 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

Describe the condition of the mariners as expressed in the thirteenth stanza.

Q 11.11 | Page 116

Answer the following question briefly:

Why did the mariners hang the albatross around the neck of the Ancient Mariner?

Q 12 | Page 117

Like part one, the second part also has a number of literary devices. List them out in the same way as you had done in question number seven and explain them.

Q 13 | Page 117

What is the rhyme scheme of the poem ?

Q 14 | Page 117

Find examples of the use of interesting sounds (Onomatopoeia) from the poem and explain their effect on the reader.

1. The ice 'cracked and growled, and roared and howled' 

Coleridge uses onomatopoeic words which  use harsh 'ck' sounds to make the ice sound brutal. He also gives the ice animal sounds to give the impression it has come alive and is attacking the ship

   
   
   
Q 15 | Page 117

The poem is full of strange, uncanny or supernatural elements. Discuss how these elements appear in the poem. You should consider:

- the strange weather;
- the albatross as a bird of "good omen"
- the spirit from "the land of mist and snow''
- the strange slimy creatures seen in the sea
- the ocean appearing to rot
- the death fires and sea water being referred to as witch's oil
Now write a paragraph about the supernatural elements in the poem and how they add
to the events that take place in the poem.

Q 17 | Page 118

This is a very dramatic poem, excellent for reading aloud or even dramatising. The class should be divided into groups and given the different dramatic moments from the poem to be performed as follows. Some of them are given below:
- the first storm that they encounter
- the time spent in the land of mist and snow
- the coming of the albatross and the subsequent events till they move out
- the killing of the albatross till they reach the silent seas
- the suffering of the sailors in the hot region till they hang the albatross around the Ancient Mariner's neck.

Q 19 | Page 118

After you have read the poem, discuss the following questions in your groups:
i. Why did the Ancient Mariner stop the particular wedding guest to listen to his tale?
ii. Why did he have to tell his tale to someone?
iii. What is the poet trying to convey through this poem?

Chapter 10: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

CBSE English Course Communicative: Literature Reader - Class 10

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