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. Who tells the Tale of Sir Topas?

2. What animal tricks Chanticleer?

3. What happens to Sophia in the end of the Tale of Melibee?

4. Who offers to tell a tale after the Yeoman's Tale?

5. Who interrupts the Monk's Tale?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Host interrupt Chaucer's telling of the Tale of Sir Topas?

3. What is common in the books Chaucer retracts?

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

5. Why is the Second Nun's Tale so appropriate for her?

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

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

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

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

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

Explain chivalry. What pilgrims are chivalrous in The Canterbury Tales? How are they chivalrous? What role does chivalry play in the tales the pilgrims tell?

Essay Topic 2

Define personification. How is personification used in literature? Give an example of personification from The Canterbury Tales. Is this an effective use of personification? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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