The Canterbury Tales Character Inferences

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The Canterbury Tales Character Inferences

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