The Canterbury Tales Character Inferences

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The Canterbury Tales Character Inferences - Quiz

Read the descriptions written about each of the characters, then choose the answer that provides the best inference based on the given quotes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Knight: “distinguished man”...“honor, generousness and courtesy”... “honored for his noble graces”...“not gaily dressed”...“tunic stained and dark”...“joined our ranks.”
    • A. 

      Arrogant and proud

    • B. 

      Lonely and shy

    • C. 

      Respected and humble

    • D. 

      Praised and conceited

  • 2. 
    The Nun: “sang a service”...“spoke daintily”...“her manners were well taught”...“pleasant and friendly”...“wept if she saw but a mouse in a trap.”
    • A. 

      Kind and compassionate

    • B. 

      Rude and unfeeling

    • C. 

      Nice but quiet

    • D. 

      Angry and jealous

  • 3. 
    The Friar: “merry...festive fellow”...“noble pillar”...“well-turned speech”...“sweetly he heard...with pleasant [forgiveness].”
    • A. 

      Rude and objectionable

    • B. 

      Forgiving but not liked

    • C. 

      Isolated and vengeful

    • D. 

      Kind and well-spoken

  • 4. 
    The Merchant: “high on a horse he sat”...“harped on his increase of capital [money]”...“stately”...“in debt.”
    • A. 

      Poor and disliked

    • B. 

      Vengeful and unkind

    • C. 

      Respected and wealthy

    • D. 

      High status and seemingly rich

  • 5. 
    The Oxford Cleric: “having twenty books”...“spent on learning”...“returning thanks”...“respectful”...“gladly teach.”
    • A. 

      Well-educated and polite

    • B. 

      Pretends to be educated but is not respected

    • C. 

      Polite but demeaning

    • D. 

      Fake and hypocritical

  • 6. 
    The Carpenter: “trim and fresh”...“knives wrought with the purest silver”...“had capital and revenue”...“seemed a worthy [citizen].”
    • A. 

      Low class and dirty

    • B. 

      Respectable and wealthy

    • C. 

      Mean and rude

    • D. 

      Kind and humble

  • 7. 
    The Skipper: “rode a farmers horse”...“summer heat had tanned his color brown”...“his prisoners...walked the plank”...“none...was his match.”
    • A. 

      Hard-working and feared

    • B. 

      Ruthless and a failure in life

    • C. 

      Kind and forgiving

    • D. 

      Highly respected and wealthy

  • 8. 
    The Woman from Bath: “her kerchiefs were of finely woven ground”...“handsome”...“she had five husbands”...“she liked to laugh and chat.”
    • A. 

      Poor and lonely

    • B. 

      Despicable and exiled

    • C. 

      Lively and attractive

    • D. 

      Dishonest and unfaithful

  • 9. 
    The Plowman: “honest worker”...“help the poor”...“living in peace and perfect charity”...“steadily about his work he went.”
    • A. 

      Unfortunately and not liked

    • B. 

      Lazy and arrogant

    • C. 

      Poor and stingy

    • D. 

      Generous and compassionate

  • 10. 
    The Miller: “A great stout fellow in brawn and bone”...“he would boast”...“his nose displayed a wart”...“mighty mouth was like a furnace door”...“buffoon”...“a master hand at stealing.”
    • A. 

      Ugly but honest

    • B. 

      Powerful yet gentle

    • C. 

      Disrespected and dishonest

    • D. 

      Dirty but well-liked

  • 11. 
    The Summoner: “hot and lecherous”...“black scabby brows”...“children were afraid when he appeared”...“pimples sitting on his cheek”...“would shout and jabber as if crazy.”
    • A. 

      Feared and loathed

    • B. 

      Honest but obnoxious

    • C. 

      Kind and approachable

    • D. 

      Ugly but well-liked

  • 12. 
    The Pardoner: “his wallet lay before him in his lap”...“in one short day, in money down, he drew more that the parson in a month or two”...“honey tongue...[could] win silver from the crowd.”
    • A. 

      Feared and successful

    • B. 

      Well-spoken but greedy

    • C. 

      Compassionate and giving

    • D. 

      Friendly and honest

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