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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner eNotes Reading Response Prompts

by eNotes

  • Release Date: October 07, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12
  • Pages: 16
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  • Why does the Wedding Guest listen “like a three years’ child” as the Mariner begins to tell him a story? What evidence suggests that the Wedding Guest wants to go on his way but is unable to stop listening to the old man?
  • Why do you think the men aboard the Mariner’s ship were so overjoyed to see an Albatross materialize in the snow and fog and fly “round and round” them? How did they greet the arrival of the bird? What suggests that they fed the Albatross?
  • The events on the ship haunt the Mariner for the remainder of his life; even as a very old man, he feels compelled to tell his story. Why do you think he is unable to put the past behind him?
  • Sin, penance, and redemption are major themes in the poem. Discuss how they are developed through the character of the Mariner. Include details from the poem in your discussion.
  • When the Mariner’s shipmates approved of his killing the Albatross, they became complicit in his sin. Do you think they were as guilty as he? Is condoning an evil act as bad as committing it? Why or why not?


These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.

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