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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is it determined that the Knight will tell the first tale?
(a) The pilgrims draw straws.
(b) The Host asks the Knight to go first.
(c) The Pardoner asks the Knight to go first.
(d) The Knight volunteers.

2. What is different about the Miller's section in comparison to the Knight's section?
(a) The Miller's story is not about nobility.
(b) The Miller volunteers to tell a tale.
(c) The Miller has a Prologue.
(d) All of the above.

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

4. Who does the king in the Clerk’s Tale choose as his bride?
(a) Alison.
(b) She is not named.
(c) Griselda.
(d) Janicula.

5. Who is released from prison?
(a) Neither Palamon nor Arcite are released.
(b) Palamon.
(c) Palamon and Arcite are both released.
(d) Arcite.

6. What is the prize for the best tale?
(a) A meal paid for by the other pilgrims.
(b) Forgiveness from the Pardoner.
(c) Bragging rights.
(d) The cost of the trip paid for.

7. Why does January want to marry?
(a) For companionship.
(b) To have someone to take care of.
(c) To have someone to take care of him.
(d) To have a son.

8. Where is the man from who told the Clerk his tale?
(a) Padua.
(b) London.
(c) Rome.
(d) Paris.

9. What is a manciple?
(a) A shift supervisor.
(b) An accountant.
(c) A steward.
(d) An owner of the mill.

10. What does the king in the Clerk’s Tale forge in order to pretend to be free from his wife?
(a) A new law.
(b) A letter from his wife's father saying he no longer gives his blessing.
(c) Papal permission.
(d) A royal divorce decree.

11. Why does the Franklin interrupt the Squire?
(a) To ask a question.
(b) To start a debate with the Miller.
(c) To insult him.
(d) To compliment him.

12. What is different about the Wife of Bath's Prologue?
(a) It is only one sentence.
(b) It is not told by the Wife of Bath.
(c) It is very long.
(d) It is in song.

13. How does the Cook react to the Reeve's tale?
(a) He thinks it was unrealistic.
(b) He dislikes it.
(c) He likes it.
(d) He wants to hear more from the Reeve.

14. What is the yeoman's real identity?
(a) A priest.
(b) A ghost.
(c) A demon.
(d) An angel.

15. Who told the Clerk the tale he tells?
(a) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(b) William Blake.
(c) William Shakespeare.
(d) Francis Petrarch.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the Reeve feel the way he does about the Miller's Tale?

2. What is the name of the king in the Clerk's Tale?

3. Who first sees Emilie and falls in love with her?

4. Who will determine the best tale in the contest?

5. Why does the Priest refuse to tell the next story?

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