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 vision did the friar in the Summoner's Prologue have?

2. Who tells the Franklin to go on with his tale?

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

4. What happens when John falls through the ceiling?

5. Who sleeps with the miller's daughter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are Palamon and Arcite jealous of each other when Arcite is released from the tower?

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

4. Why does the Narrator tell the Miller's Tale despite his concern of its vulgarity?

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

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

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

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

9. How do the townspeople react to the situation after John crashes through the ceiling?

10. What does the Cook like about the Reeve's Tale?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the setting of The Canterbury Tales. How does the setting of a pilgrimage contribute to the individual pilgrims' tales? How would the story be different if Chaucer had used a different setting?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of the Host in The Canterbury Tales. How does he join the group's pilgrimage? Is he effective in his role? Why or why not?

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