Chaucer Cantebury

Topics: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, The Nun's Priest's Tale Pages: 10 (2079 words) Published: April 15, 2013
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English 3 CP

The Canterbury Tales Test (60 pts.)


1. During the Medieval time period in England, which of the following lists is correct concerning the language spoken during this time: a. Latin – church; French – nobility; Middle English – peasants b. Latin – church; Italian – nobility; French – peasants c. Italian – church; French – nobility; Latin – peasants d. Everyone was educated so they could speak Latin, French and Middle English


“GENERAL PROLOGUE”: Using your knowledge about the “General Prologue,” answer the following questions. (2 pts. each)

5. In “The Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses the pilgrimage primarily as a device to: a. Emphasize the characters’ religious aspirations. b. Frame the stories told by individual characters.

c. Describe the rigors of medieval life.
d. Create a vivid and realistic setting.

6. In "The Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales, whom do the pilgrims agree to set up as judge over themselves? a. The narrator.
b. The Host.
c. The Oxford Cleric.
d. The Sergeant at the Law

7. Write the letter of the phrase that best summarizes the meaning of the following lines from Canterbury Tales.

“Whatever money from his friends he took / He spent on learning or another book / And prayed for them most earnestly, returning / Thanks to them thus for paying for his learning.”

a. He stole his friends' money, spent it on books, and then prayed his friends would return. b. Whatever money he borrowed from his friends he spent on his studies and books, prayed for more books, and then sent his friends thank-you notes for paying for his learning. c. Whatever money he could get from his friends he spent on his studies and books, prayed for his books, and then returned thanks to his friends for paying for his learning. d. Whatever money he borrowed from his friends he spent on his studies and books and then prayed earnestly for his friends as a way of giving them thanks.

8. Chaucer uses juxtapositions in the prologue as a means of helping to characterize some of the pilgrims. By positioning his description of the Miller almost immediately after that of the Plowman, Chaucer accentuates: a. The virtues of the Plowman.

b. The buffoonishness and criminality of the Miller. c. The kinship between these two laborers.
d. Both the virtues of the Plowman, as well as the buffoonishness and criminality of the Miller.

9. In "The Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses physiognomy as a means to help characterize the pilgrims. The fact that he describes the Pardoner's hair as "rat-tails" was primarily used to: a. Furnish realistic detail.

Provide comic relief.
Suggest the Pardoner's obsession with current fashions. Imply moral corruption.

10. What theme does Chaucer convey in "The Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales? a. The conflicts inherent in society.
b. The infinite variety of human nature.
c. The basic evil of mankind.
d. The pitfalls of sensual pleasure.


DIRECT and INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION: Identify the line given as an example of (A) Direct characterization or (B) Indirect characterization. (2 pts. each)

12. Knight – “He was a true and perfect gentle knight.”

13. Prioress – “…and she spoke daintily in French, extremely, after the school of Stratford-atte-Bowe.”

14. Parson – “A holy-minded man of good renown there was…Yet he was rich in holy thought and work.”

15. Miller – “He was a master-hand at stealing grain, He felt it with his thumb and thus he knew it’s...
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