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 does the Prioress praise in her prologue?

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

3. How much of the town in the Prioress's Tale is Jewish?

4. What color are the crow's feathers after Phoebus replaces them?

5. Who is the focus of the first part of the Yeoman's tale?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the Prioress emphasize the idea that the boy in her tale is a victim?

5. What question is at the heart of the debate between Melibee and Prudence?

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

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

8. What is the significance of Virginia's name in the Physician's Tale?

9. What is the common moral in the Monk's tragedies?

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

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 role of Greek literature and mythology on Chaucer's society. How does Greek mythology and literature play a role in the pilgrims' tales? What does this reveal about Chaucer's society? What does it reveal about the pilgrims?

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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