The Canterbury Tales Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children does the king in the Squire's Tale have?

2. Who employs the summoner in The Friar's Tale?

3. How long does Lady Constance roam at sea?

4. How is the miller able to rob the manciple?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does January say he wants to marry? Why does he likely really want to marry?

2. Why can there be no real determination of the outcome of the Cook's Tale?

3. How are the summoner and the yeoman both bailiffs?

4. According to the Clerk's Prologue, what is the method for telling a good story?

5. Why does Chaucer have the Franklin interrupt the Squire only to compliment him?

6. Why are the characters in the Franklin's Tale rewarded?

7. What is the significance of Lady Constance's name in the Man of Law's Tale?

8. What concern does the Friar have about the Wife of Bath's Tale?

9. What is comedic about the Reeve's Tale?

10. What is the point the Summoner makes about friars with the anecdote in his Prologue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define personification. How is personification used in literature? Give an example of personification from The Canterbury Tales. Is this an effective use of personification? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Define theme. Choose one tale and identify its theme. How is the theme expressed in the tale? How is the theme used to drive the story forward?

Essay Topic 3

Define irony. Identify each type of irony and give an example from The Canterbury Tales for each.

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