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. Why is the Sultan baptized?

2. Where did the Wife of Bath meet Jankyn?

3. Who is planning to attack the Christians at the wedding feast?

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

5. What warning does the Narrator give the reader about the Miller's Tale?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Host come up with the storytelling contest?

2. Why does the Host ask the Clerk to tell a tale after the Summoner's Tale?

3. What is the purpose of the knight's quest to find what women most desire?

4. Why is the Wife of Bath's Prologue so long?

5. Why are the pilgrims confused by the Merchant's Tale?

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

7. Why is the friar in the Summoner's Tale ironic?

8. What is the purpose of the General Prologue?

9. What makes the friar in the Summoner's Tale corrupt?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define conflict. Identify each type of conflict and give an example from The Canterbury Tales. Which type of conflict do you think is the most effective? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one pilgrim. Summarize his or her tale in a sentence or two. What is the tone of the tale? What is the theme? How is this tale fitting with this particular pilgrim?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of characters' names in the pilgrims' tales. How do characters' names contribute to the overall stories? Why does Chaucer use characters' names to contribute to the stories in this way?

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