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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the Cook's name?
(a) He is not named.
(b) Geoffrey.
(c) Luke.
(d) Roger.

2. Who sleeps with the miller's wife?
(a) The miller.
(b) Alan.
(c) The manciple.
(d) John.

3. Why does the demon take the summoner to hell?
(a) He refuses to repent.
(b) To save the rich widow.
(c) It is part of their bargain.
(d) To save the farmer.

4. Why does the king in the Squire’s Tale order a celebration?
(a) For his twentieth wedding anniversary.
(b) For his daughter's twentieth birthday.
(c) For the twentieth anniversary of his reign.
(d) For the birth of his twentieth child.

5. What is the job of the spies in The Friar's Tale?
(a) To gather information about parish members.
(b) To get information for homilies.
(c) To gather tithes from parish members.
(d) To find out who is speaking out against the church.

6. Who asks the Squire for the next tale?
(a) The Host.
(b) We do not know.
(c) The Friar.
(d) The Narrator.

7. What is the question the knight must answer?
(a) What is the key to happiness?
(b) What do women most desire?
(c) What is happiness?
(d) What is love?

8. How much of his debt can Aurelius pay?
(a) Less than half.
(b) Nearly all.
(c) Half.
(d) None.

9. Who is Dorigen?
(a) The wife Arveragus takes.
(b) Arveragus's brother.
(c) The queen of Arveragus's kingdom.
(d) Arveragus's squire.

10. Who comes to Alison's window after Nicholas and Alison spend the night together?
(a) An unknown townsperson.
(b) John.
(c) The Miller.
(d) Absalom.

11. What is the name of the apprentice cook?
(a) He is unnamed.
(b) Landon.
(c) Perkin.
(d) Roger.

12. What warning does the Narrator give the reader about the Miller's Tale?
(a) The Narrator says the Miller's drunkenness makes the story appear backward.
(b) The Narrator says the Miller's tale is incomplete.
(c) The Narrator says the tale might be offensive.
(d) The Narrator says the tale might be difficult to follow.

13. Why is the Friar warned before he tells his tale?
(a) To keep his tale from being uncomplimentary.
(b) To keep him from using bad language.
(c) To keep his tale short.
(d) To keep his tale entertaining.

14. Why is Aurelius despondent?
(a) He is lost.
(b) He is in love with Dorigen.
(c) He has been sentenced to death.
(d) He misses Arveragus.

15. Who speaks out on the knight's behalf to change his punishment?
(a) The king's son.
(b) The ladies of the court.
(c) The knight's comrades.
(d) A priest.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the Reeve want to tell the next tale?

2. Where did the Wife of Bath meet Jankyn?

3. Why does the knight's wife transform into a beautiful woman?

4. Who wrote The Canterbury Tales?

5. Who helps the knight answer the question?

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