Symbols in The Alchemist


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What is a symbol?

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1. What do Santiago's sheep symbolize in The Alchemist?

2. What two notions does alchemy represent in The Alchemist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet test your knowledge of the symbols used in The Alchemist and their meaning. You'll review the symbols used in the story as you work through the quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of this quiz and worksheet is to determine what you know about:

  • What a symbol is
  • The symbolism related to Santiago's sheep
  • What alchemy represented in the book
  • Why Santiago sells all his sheep to travel

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember what symbols are
  • Making connections - use your understanding of symbols to connect to important symbols in the book
  • Knowledge application -check what you know about symbols and symbolism to answer questions about what Santiago's sheep and alchemy represented

Additional Learning

If you'd like to read more about this topic, see the lesson, Symbols in The Alchemist. This lesson provides more detail about:

  • Themes in the book represented by symbols
  • How sheep no longer fit his journey
  • Alchemy as a symbol explained
  • The gift of the pyramids