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The Alchemist Journal Entries
Transcript of The Alchemist Journal Entries
"The boy began to read his book" to the end of Part 1
1. Why does the shepherd decide against telling the baker what the old man had said about him?
Because he wanted to leave things the way they were.
2. What does the boy see when he climbs the stone ramp that led to the top of the castle wall?
He sees Africa in the distance when he reaches the top of the castle wall.
3. What is the "principle of favorability' that the old man speaks of?
There is a force that wants you to realize your personal legend.
4. What happens immediately after the old man tells the boy that he "will have to follow the omens" in order to find his treasure?
A butterfly flew between the boy and the old man.
5. What are Urim and Thummim?
They are the white and black stones that will help the boy read the omens.
6. According to the "wisest of wise men," what is the secret of happiness?
To see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.
7. What causes the shepherd boy to become distracted and, as a result, lose sight of the young man who is holding his money?
He was looking at the sword.
8. After helping the candy seller erect his stall in the plaza, to what realization did the shepherd boy come to?
There is a language that doesn't depend on words.
9. What does the boy do to earn food to eat?
He cleaned the glass in the windows.
10. After the owner of the crystal shop tells the boy how expensive it is to get to Egypt, what does the boy say he wants the money for?
The boy tells him that he will work all night and clean every piece of crystal in the shop.
Beginning of Part 2 to "I don't even know what alchemy is' the boy was saying, when the warehouse boss called them to come inside"
1. Why does the boy stay on the job with the crystal merchant?
Because the merchant treats him fairly.
2. In order to attract more business after working there for a month, what does the boy suggest that the crystal merchant allow him to do?
The boy asks to build a display case.
3. What are the five obligations outlined by the Prophet in the Koran?
Believe in God, pray 5 times a day, fast during the Ramadan, be charitable to the poor and visit the mecca/pilgrimage.
4. Why didn't the crystal merchant ever go on a pilgrimage to Mecca?
Because he wouldn't have anything to dream about.
5. What reason does the merchant tell the boy about why he would not go to Mecca now?
The merchant wants to keep dreaming about traveling to Mecca. He fears that if he goes, he will not have anything left to dream about.
6. After another two months of working for the merchant, what idea does the boy have to bring more customers into the crystal shop?
He suggests that they sell tea to bring more customers into the shop.
7. Why does the merchant claim to feel worse then he did before the boy arrived to work for him?
Because he knows the things he should be able to accomplish but knows that he never will.
8. When the boy tells the merchant that he is going to be leaving to return to his country to buy sheep, he asks for the merchants blessing, what does the merchant say about the boy's journey home?
The merchant says that he knows the boy isn't going to buy more sheep.
9. Where does the boy decide to go once he leaves the merchants home?
He traveled to a bar that he went to on the first day.
10. Who befriends the boy on the journey?
An Englishman befriends the boy on his journey.
"I'm the leader of the caravan" through "The boy thought of Fatima. And he decided he would go to see the chief of the tribes"
1. How large is the caravan the boy is traveling with?
The caravan consists of 200 people and 400 animals.
2. How does the Englishman spend most of his time during the journey?
He spends most of his time reading.
3. How did the camel driver who befriended the boy come to be in this line of work?
He had no other choices.
4. Who are the mysterious hooded men who sometimes appeared?
The were Bedouins.
5. What news does the caravan leader learn that causes the members to become more cautious while traveling, especially at night?
He learned that there were rumors of tribal wars.
6. What does the Englishman call 'the principle that governs all things"?
"The Soul of the World."
7. What is the "Emerald Tablet"?
The literature of alchemy inscribed in the surface of an emerald.
8. What is the liquid part of the Master Work called?
It was called the "Elixir of Life."
9. What is the solid part of the Master Work called?
The Philosopher's Stone."
10. Who is Fatima?
She is Santiago's true love.
"The boy approached the guard" through "We'll leave tomorrow before sunrise' was the alchemists response"
1. What "omens from the desert" does the boy share with the chieftains of the oasis?
He shares his visions of birds fighting.
2. Who was the boy who saved Egypt through his interpretations of the Pharaoh's dreams?
The boy's named was Joseph.
3. What decisions does the he chieftain make about the boys visions?
The chieftain decided that the would carry arms.
4. What causes a loud, thundering sound and throws the boy to the ground?
A huge white horse.
5. According to the man on horseback, what is "the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World"?
The most essential quality is courage.
6. Who is the man on horseback?
7. What is the fate of the commander of the enemy battalion?
He was hanged from a dead palm tree.
8. What words does the alchemist say that echo those of the old king?
"When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person realize their dreams."
9. When riding out into the desert, what does the alchemist instruct the boy to show him?
He shows him where there is life on the desert.
Assignment 1: Prologue & Part 1
Prologue & Part one through "And he vanishes around the corner of the plaza"
1. Why does the lake weep for Narcissus?
It had been unable to see it's own beauty.
2. What is the most recent topic of the Shepherd boy's comments to his sheep?
The merchant's daughter
3. How does the boy spend his time when the merchant tells him he cannot shear his sheep until the afternoon?
The boy spends his time talking to the merchants daughter.
4. What does the shepherd claim are "the only things that concerned the sheep"?
The only things that concerned the sheep were food and water.
5. What has the shepherd's family hoped the boy would become as an adult?
His family wanted him to become a priest.
6. What does thee shepherd plan to do once he arrives in Tarifa before his anticipated meeting with the merchant's daughter?
He planned to exchange the book, fill the wine bottle, shave and then get a haircut.
7. Why does the shepherd decide to see the Gypsy women?
To ask her what his dream meant.
8. Describe the shepherd boy's recurring dream.
There was a child playing with the sheep, but somehow got him to the Pyramids where there was supposedly a treasure.
9. According the old man, what is the world's greatest lie? "
At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate."
10. According to the old man, what is the one great truth on this planet?
Whoever you are, whatever it is that you want to do, when you really want something, it is because the desire originated in the soul of the universe,
"The spent a sleepless night" through "I already know how to turn myself into wind"
1. Before leaving the oasis, where does the boy go?
He goes to Fatima's tent.
2. What does the desert come to mean for Fatima?
To her it means hope for his return.
3. How do the boy and the alchemist find food in the desert?
The boy had discovered that the presence of a certain bird meant that a snake was nearby, and a certain shrub was a sign that there was water in the area.
4. Why is the boy disappointed when the alchemist writes in the sand what is inscribed in the Emerald Tablet?
The boy thought it was a code.
5. What is it that the alchemist tells the boy he has to listen to?
He tells the boy that he must listen to his heart.
6. According to the alchemist, what is worse than suffering?
The fear of suffering is worse than suffering.
7. What is the one thing that, according to the alchemist, the boy still needs to know?
"Before a dream is realized, God tests everything that was learned along the way."
8. What do the armed tribesmen take that is in the alchemists bag?
They find the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life.
9. Why don't the tribesmen take what is in the alchemists bag?
They didn't believe that it was the actual Philosopher's Stone and Elixir of Life.
10. After they are captured by a tribe, what does the alchemist claim that the boy is able to do?
The alchemist claims that the boy is able to turn into wind.
"On the second day, the boy climbed to the top of a cliff" through "They mounted their horses"?
1. What does the desert ask the boy to explain to it?
It asks the boy to explain love.
2. When the desert tells the boy that it cannot help him, who does it suggest the boy call on for help?
It suggests that the boy calls on the wind for help.
3. When asked who taught the boy the language of the desert and wind, what is the boys reply?
The boy says that his heart taught him the language
4. Who is the third "person" the boy is told to ask for help from?
The boy is told to ask for help from the sun.
5. What is the chief's plan for the two men who wanted to end the bet with the boy?
He wanted to remove them from their commands.
6. How does the sun claim to know about love?
The sun sees love in God.
7. According to the boy, why does alchemy exist?
So everyone will search for his treasure, they will find it and want to be better then he was in his former life.
8. Why does the wind "scream with delight"?
Because the use has limitations.
9. What legend did the Arabs recount for generations thereafter?
The legend of a boy who turned himself into wind and almost destroyed a military camp, in defiance of the most powerful chief in the desert.
10. What feat does the alchemist perform at the monastery?
He turned lead into gold.
"I want to tell you a story about dreams" through the Epilogue.
1. Describe the dream the alchemist tells to the boy.
2. What did the centurion say that was remembered for all time?
"My Lord, i am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but only speak a word and my servant shall be healed."
3. What warning does the boy's heart whisper as he is about to climb a large dune?
Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears, that's where I am, and that's where your treasure is.
4. What does the boy see when he finally reaches the top of the dune?
The Egyptian Pyramids.
5. As the boy wept at the sight that beheld him, what does he notice in the sand?
He saw a Scarab Beetle.
6. What does the boy do when he sees the omen?
He dug into the dune.
7. Describe what happens when the refugees from the tribal wars approach the boy.
They wanted money from him and beat him.
8. What piece of advice does the leader of the refugees give the boy before he leaves?
He says "You're not going to die. Don't be so stupid."
9. How does the boy finance his journey back to Spain?
The boy used some gold left from the Monastery.
10. What does the boy find beneath the sycamore tree in the ruined church?
He finds a chest full of Spanish gold coins, stones and jewels.