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. What does the Man of Law say he will not use in his tale?

2. Why does the king in the Clerk’s Tale take his daughter from his wife?

3. Who does the Man of Law say has already told all the good stories?

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

5. Why does the king in the Squire’s Tale order a celebration?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What could be considered controversial about the Wife of Bath's Tale?

4. Why does the Man of Law tell a story he heard once before?

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

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

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

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

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

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 mood. Choose one tale and identify its mood. How is the mood expressed in the tale? How does the mood contribute to the overall tale?

Essay Topic 2

Define satire. Explain the purpose of satire. How is it identified in literature? How does Chaucer use satire in The Canterbury Tales? Is it effective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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