State Alchemist Name Test, The Stalking

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  • Q. 1. The personification of the lake in the Prologue establishes a _______ tone for the novel.
  • Q. Santiago’s first memorable desire was to travel. He fulfilled this desire by
    accompanying the Englishman on a trip to Egypt
    visiting the merchant's daughter
  • Q. Santiago's parents wanted him to make a living as
  • Q. Santiago is best described as
  • Q. To repay her for interpreting his dream, the old gypsy woman requires Santiago give her
    one tenth of his flock of sheep
    three ancient Spanish gold coins
    one tenth of his treasure, should he find it
  • Q. Santiago and Melchizedek discuss a baker, Santiago later reflects on the baker, thinking to himself, "That baker ..." Based on context, which best completes Santiago's thought?
    ... must be proud of the career choice he has made and the status that comes with it
    ... has found his niche in life; and this is the way of the world
    ... is too complacement in his career choice and will never fulfill his personal legend
    ... is a dreamer who made his dream of owning his own business a reality
  • Q. Upon leaving Santiago, Melchizedek tells him to follow the omens. As Santiago is about to leave, which of the following omens appears?
    an unusual Spanish beetle
  • Q. Which quote is most clearly connected to the thematic idea of ​​the pursuit of goals or dreams?
    "There was also the merchant’s daughter, but she wasn’t as important as his flock, because she didn’t depend on him."
    "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon
    "The boy promised himself that, when he returned from Egypt, he would buy that sword."
    "He was feeling sorry for himself, and lamenting the fact that his life could have changed so suddenly and so drastically."
  • Q. In Tarifa, a young man in Western dress offers to help Santiago reach the pyramids. What valuable life lesson does Santiago learn from his encounter with this individual?
    Kind people will help you on your journey if you are reaching for your goals.
    Trusting people ensures a strong bond is created between them.
    Sometimes, you must lose something valuable in order to truly appreciate the obstacles in your path.
    Sacrifices must always be made in order to fulfill your dreams.
  • Q. Becoming dependent on people is shown to be a deterrent to achieving your dreams because
    they will want you to change your dreams to match theirs.
    they will want to come with you, which will only slow your progress.
    they will try to undermine your dreams in favor of pursuing their own.
    what they think of you becomes more important to you than your own dreams are
  • Q. Regarding the crystal merchant’s decision to allow Santiago to sell tea at the crystal shop, the narrator says, "Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river." This line relates most clearly to which thematic idea?
    the ordinary versus the extraordinary
    belief in --or rejection-- the idea of ​​fate
  • Q. Santiago works at the crystal shop for
    nine months and nine days
    eleven months and nine days
    eleven months and eleven days
  • Q. The mysterious word maktub means
    "Your fate is in your hands"
  • Q. When he first joins the caravan, Santiago is mistaken for a native Arab. Coelho most likely includes this detail for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
    to demonstrate that Santiago has fully assimilated into Arab culture.
    to establish contrast between Santiago and the Englishman.
    to suggest that Santiago is trying to hide his Spanish nationality.
    to highlight how much Santiago’s intuitive abilities have developed since his arrival in Africa.
  • Q. Throughout the novel, Santiago’s recurring thoughts of returning to life as a shepherd represent
    the pitfalls we encounter in pursuit of our goals.
    how our subconscious desires become known to us when the time is right.
    Santiago’s ability to pursue multiple paths simultaneously.
    the human tendency to seek the familiar when we are afraid
  • Q. Throughout the novel, the desert is depicted as all of the following EXCEPT
    an otherworldly dreamscape
  • Q. When the alchemist puts his sword to Santiago’s throat at their first encounter, Santiago feels
  • Q. The detailed imagery used to describe chieftains ’tent at the center of the oasis serves primarily to
    contrast Arab and Spanish cultural norms
    reflect Santiago's awe of the chieftains opulence and authority
    highlight the chieftains' wealth in comparison to the poverty of other residents of the oasis
    foreshadow the treasure Santiago will discover
  • Q. Why does the alchemist say he will not instruct Santiago?
    Santiago already knows everything he needs to know
    Santiago has become too arrogant to learn
    The alchemist does not believe Santiago is capable of alchemy
    Santiago must realize his Personal Legend entirely on his own
  • Q. Fatima's response to Santiago's marriage proposal suggests
    she is not really to commit to Santiago, a Spaniard
    she is already betrothed to someone else at the oasis
    she worries Santiago is abandoning his Personal Legend
    she is too surprised to give Santiago an answer
  • Q. The alchemist challenges Santiago, "Show me where there is life out in the desert." What sign of life does Santiago find?
  • Q. The alchemist's challenge to Santiago, described in question 21 above, is most likely the alchemist's way of
    learning whether Santiago can hunt to survive
    discerning how well Santiago interacts with nature's methods of communication
    taking Santiago away from the safety of the oasis to see if the boy is frightened by the desert
    deciding if Santiago will be a suitable traveling partner for a long trip across the desert
  • Q. The alchemist predicts that if Santiago remains at the oasis with Fatima, he will feel
  • Q. All of the following are arguments the alchemist uses to encourage Santiago to continue his pursuit across the desert EXCEPT
    “Fatima is a woman of the desert. She knows that men have to go away in order to return. "
    "You'll use your knowledge of the welfare of the oasis and its inhabitants"
    "You'll walk around, night after night, at the oasis, and Fatima will be unhappy because she'll feel it was she who interrupted your quest."
    "Then, sometime during the fourth year, the omens will abandon you, because you've stopped listening to them."
  • Q. Toward the end of the novel, the wind carries the "sweet, sickly smell of blood." Coelho most likely includes this detail is to
    suggest the wind is more adept at carrying foul stenches than pleasant aromas
    show Santiago is becoming sensitive to pain and suffering
    show the interconnectedness between the wind and the actions of people.
    suggest the alchemist must teach Santiago about the ills of the world
  • Q. When Santiago asks “what went wrong” with other alchemists who failed in their pursuits, the alchemist says it was because they were too focused on finding
  • Q. The alchemist reveals the Master Work could be written entirely on an Emerald Tablet, which suggests the Master Work functions as a symbol of
  • Q. According to the alchemist, real knowledge is gained through _______ and _______.
    observation and instruction
    experience and observation
  • Q. The alchemist says, "... all you have to do is contemplate a single grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation." This line relates most clearly to which thematic idea?
    belief in - or rejection of - the idea of ​​fate
    the pursuit of goals or dreams
    the ordinary versus the extraordinary
  • Q. In the Coptic Church, the alchemist transforms lead into gold, which he divides into four pieces. To whom does he give each piece at this time?
    two parts to himself; one to Santiago; one to the monk
    one part to himself; two to Santiago; one to the monk
    two parts to the monk, one to Santiago, one to himself
    one part to himself; one to Santiago; one to the monk; one to the church
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