Samuel Coleridge


TERZA PROVA – INGLESE

Data:

Candidato:

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by S.T.Coleridge

 

Part I

 

“At length did cross an Albatross,

Thorough the fog it came;

As if it had been a Christian soul,

We hailed it in God’s name.

 

“It ate the food it ne’er had eat,

And round and round it flew.

The ice did split with a thunder-fit;

The helmsman steered us through!

 

“And a good south wind sprung up behind;

The Albatross did follow,

And every day, for food or play,

Came to the mariner’s hollo!

 

“In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,

It perched for vespers nine;

Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,

Glimmered the white moon-shine.”

 

“God save thee, ancient Mariner!

From the fiends, that plague thee thus!

Why look’st thou so?” – With my cross-bow

I shot the Albatross.

 

QUESTIONS

 

1.      State the setting in time and place, how many characters are introduced and what  kind of power the Mariner has on the wedding guest. Give evidence from the text to support your answer.

 

2.      There are two evidences in this part of the poem that show that the Albatross takes on a religious meaning.

Find them out and say what idea they convey.

 

You have got 60 minutes to give your answer in no more than 20 lines.
Assessment and Evaluation criteria

 

The students should know:

·         to identify the setting, the characters and the Mariner’s action giving evidence:

maybe in the morning (the wedding feast has just started) – a street in the open air (the Wedding guest is getting to the bride’s house)- at first the Mariners physically stops the Wedding Guest (skinny hand) and then he is able to let him stay still by means of the power of his eyes (glittering eyes)

·         to find out the magical and the Christian elements:

the Wedding’s guest comment ( line 79/80) and the shape of the crossbow.

Wedding Guest comment (for God’s sake) – the crossbow ( a cross)

They convey the idea that killing the Albatross has been an evil action.

·         to write down in an accurate form from the grammar point of view and the message must be understandable.

 

 

POINTS – Standard : 3/4

 

A. to identify the setting, the characters and the Mariner’s action giving    evidence:

maybe in the morning ( the wedding feast has just started) – a street in the open air(the Wedding guest is getting to the bride’s house)- at first the Mariners physically stops the Wedding Guest (skinny hand) and then he is able to let him stay still by means of the power of his eyes (glittering eyes)

1 point

 

B.  to find out the magical and the Christian elements:

the Wedding’s guest comment ( line 79/80) and the shape of the crossbow.

Wedding Guest comment (for God’s sake) – the crossbow ( a cross)

They convey the idea that killing the Albatross has been an evil action.

1 point

 

C.  to write down in an accurate form from the grammar point of view and the message must be understandable.

2 points