Class 10 English

The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

    Answer: (c) He wanted him to listen to his story

Multiple Choice Questions

The wedding guest remarked that he was ‘next of kin’ which means 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


    Answer: (a) He was a close relation of the bridegroom

‘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


    Answer: (b) The wedding guest was forced to hear the story of the mariner

‘The sun came up upon the left, /Out 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


    Answer: (d) was moving towards the south

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.


    Answer: (b) He was forced to listen to the Mariner’s tale when he wanted to attend the wedding

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


    Answer: (d) The sailors were at its mercy

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

  • There was no sign of any living creature
  • They fell 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


    Answer: (c) They were surrounded by icebergs and there seemed to be no sign of life

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


    Answer: (a) It was the first sign of life and therefore gave them hope that they might survive

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


    Answer: (b) The icebergs split and a strong breeze started blowing

‘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


    Answer: (b) The albatross would appear at a fixed time everyday

‘God save thee, ancient Mariner, /From the fiends that plague thee thus! Why look’st at 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


    Answer: (b) The wedding guest wanted to know why the mariner was looking so tormented



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