The Canterbury Tales Test | Final 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 is Virginius's profession?

2. Who does the Prioress praise in her prologue?

3. What animal is Chanticleer?

4. Who interrupts the Monk's Tale?

5. Who does the Host ask to tell the next tale?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes the downfall for both Chanticleer and the fox in the Nun's Priest's Tale?

2. What is the parallel between the Prioress's Prologue and her Tale?

3. What is the irony of the Pardoner in his argument with the Host?

4. Why does the Knight interrupt the Monk's Tale?

5. What does Chaucer suggest by saying the Tale of Sir Topas includes his best rhymes?

6. How is the merchant's wife able to buy the clothes she wants?

7. Why is it fitting that the tales end with something from Chaucer?

8. Where is the inspiration for the Manciple's Tale?

9. What is the moral the Canon's Yeoman is trying to get across?

10. What does the Pardoner admit about himself in his Prologue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Explain the church during Chaucer's time. Why are many church officials not looked upon favorably? What is the relationship between the general public and the church? Why? How does the situation with the church affect The Canterbury Tales?

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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