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. Where does the Pardoner's Tale begin?

2. How do the other two men find Death?

3. How many sins does the Parson say everyone must avoid?

4. Who does the speaker of the Retraction ask to pray for him?

5. What color is Phoebus' crow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the lesson the Second Nun's Tale teaches women?

2. What is different about the Parson's Tale in comparison to the rest of the pilgrims' tales?

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

4. What contributes heavily to the length of the Tale of Melibee?

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

6. What is Phoebus's downfall in the Manciple's Tale?

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

8. What about the Shipman's Tale suggests that Chaucer originally intended the story to be told by a female character?

9. What kind of a man is Phoebus in the Manciple's Tale?

10. Why does Virginius kill his daughter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women during Chaucer's time. How do the female pilgrims differ from the male pilgrims? How are these differences reflected in their tales? What does this tell you about Chaucer's society?

Essay Topic 2

Define fable. Explain the uses of fables in literature. Explain the use of fable in The Canterbury Tales. Why is a fable a useful tale in The Canterbury Tales?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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