Canterbury Tales Prologue

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Canterbury Tales Prologue - Quiz

The frame of the story opens with a gathering of people and whoever tells the best tale, to be judged by the Host, will receive a free meal upon their return. There were many lessons from the stories. Take the Canterbury Tales Prologue test below and see how well you remember the tales.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who draws the short straw?

    • A.

      Knight

    • B.

      Friar

    • C.

      Summoner

    Correct Answer
    A. Knight
    Explanation
    The phrase "drawing the short straw" refers to a method of random selection where individuals draw straws of different lengths, with the shortest straw indicating that person has been chosen for a particular task or disadvantageous situation. Therefore, in this scenario, the person who draws the short straw is the Knight.

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  • 2. 

    Who is a local judge?

    • A.

      Sergeant at the Law

    • B.

      Franklin

    • C.

      Parson

    Correct Answer
    B. Franklin
    Explanation
    Franklin is the correct answer because he is described as a local judge. This implies that he has the authority to preside over legal cases within a specific jurisdiction or locality. The other options, Sergeant at the Law and Parson, do not have the same role or authority as a judge.

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  • 3. 

    How many stories are the pilgrims going to tell?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      4

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    The pilgrims are going to tell four stories. This can be inferred from the options given, as the number 4 is the only option that matches the question.

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  • 4. 

    Which pilgrim steals grain?

    • A.

      Parson

    • B.

      Plowman

    • C.

      Miller

    Correct Answer
    C. Miller
    Explanation
    The Miller is the pilgrim who steals grain. In medieval times, the Miller was responsible for grinding grain into flour. However, the Miller is depicted as dishonest and untrustworthy, often stealing grain from his customers. This portrayal is seen in Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," where the Miller is described as having a "thumb of gold" when it comes to taking extra grain for himself.

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  • 5. 

    The nun wears a bracelet that says what?

    • A.

      What Would Jesus Do?

    • B.

      Love Conquers All

    • C.

      Nothing, it's just a rosary.

    Correct Answer
    B. Love Conquers All
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Love Conquers All". This is because the question is asking about what is written on the nun's bracelet, and the phrase "Love Conquers All" is commonly associated with religious beliefs and values. It reflects the nun's belief in the power of love to overcome any obstacles or challenges.

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  • 6. 

    These characters are related:

    • A.

      Merchant

    • B.

      Knight

    • C.

      Squire

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Knight
    C. Squire
    Explanation
    The characters are related in a hierarchical manner. A knight is a higher-ranking position than a squire, as a squire is typically an apprentice or assistant to a knight. Therefore, the correct answer is Knight, Squire.

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  • 7. 

    These characters are related:

    • A.

      Parson

    • B.

      Pardoner

    • C.

      Plowman

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Parson
    C. Plowman
    Explanation
    The characters Parson and Plowman are related because they both belong to the same social class in medieval society, known as the lower clergy or the working class. The Parson is a devout and virtuous clergyman, while the Plowman is a hardworking and honest laborer. They both represent the virtues of humility, charity, and simplicity. Their connection lies in their shared commitment to serving others and living a righteous life, despite their different roles in society.

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  • 8. 

    These characters are noble:

    • A.

      Knight

    • B.

      Squire

    • C.

      Wife of Bath

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Knight
    B. Squire
    C. Wife of Bath
    Explanation
    The characters of the Knight, Squire, and Wife of Bath are considered noble because they possess certain admirable qualities and characteristics. The Knight is honorable, brave, and chivalrous, embodying the ideals of knighthood. The Squire is youthful, handsome, and skilled in various areas such as music and poetry, reflecting the courtly values of the time. The Wife of Bath, despite her controversial nature, is confident, independent, and knowledgeable about love and relationships. These characters stand out as noble in their own unique ways, earning them this distinction.

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  • 9. 

    These characters are Ecclesiastical:

    • A.

      Yeoman

    • B.

      Friar

    • C.

      Manciple

    Correct Answer
    B. Friar
    Explanation
    The given characters, Yeoman, Friar, and Manciple, are all part of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," which is a collection of stories set in the Middle Ages. The term "ecclesiastical" refers to things related to the church or clergy. In this context, the Friar character is considered ecclesiastical as he is a member of the clergy, specifically a friar. The Yeoman and Manciple characters, on the other hand, do not have a direct association with the church or clergy, making the Friar the only correct answer.

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  • 10. 

    These characters are working class:

    • A.

      Haberdasher

    • B.

      Doctor

    • C.

      Sergeant at the Law

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Haberdasher
    B. Doctor
    C. Sergeant at the Law
    Explanation
    The characters Haberdasher, Doctor, and Sergeant at the Law are considered working class because they are not part of the nobility or the upper class. They are professionals who have specific occupations and are likely to earn a living through their work. The Haberdasher is a tradesman who sells men's clothing and accessories, the Doctor is a medical professional, and the Sergeant at the Law is a lawyer. These occupations are typically associated with the working class rather than the aristocracy.

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  • 11. 

    The Wife of Bath has been married 5 times

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the Wife of Bath, a character in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," is known for her multiple marriages. In the prologue, she proudly declares that she has been married five times. She also provides detailed accounts of her experiences in each marriage, highlighting her dominance and control over her husbands. This information confirms that the correct answer is true.

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  • 12. 

    Chaucer adores the Summoner

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Chaucer adores the Summoner" is false. This means that Chaucer does not have a deep admiration or love for the Summoner.

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  • 13. 

    The miller has black hair

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 14. 

    Chaucer thinks the doctor is a terrible physician

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Chaucer's opinion of the doctor being a terrible physician is supported by the text or context provided in the question. The reasoning behind this opinion could be due to the doctor's questionable practices, lack of expertise, or unethical behavior. Without further information, it is difficult to determine the exact reasons for Chaucer's belief.

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  • 15. 

    The Parson is the best priest Chaucer has ever known

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true because Chaucer describes the Parson as being the best priest he has ever known. This implies that the Parson possesses exceptional qualities and is highly respected and admired by Chaucer.

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  • 16. 

    The knight is

    Correct Answer
    noble
    Explanation
    The word "noble" is used to describe someone who has high moral qualities, is honorable, and has a strong sense of dignity. The word "knight" is often associated with chivalry and honor, as knights were historically known for their bravery and loyalty. Therefore, it can be inferred that the knight in this context is noble, possessing the qualities of honor and dignity.

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  • 17. 

    The host is

    Correct Answer
    working
  • 18. 

    The manciple is

    Correct Answer
    working
  • 19. 

    The yeoman is

    Correct Answer
    working
    Explanation
    The given answer "working" is a possible explanation for the phrase "The yeoman is working." It suggests that the yeoman is currently engaged in some form of labor or activity.

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  • 20. 

    The monk is

    Correct Answer
    Ecclesiastical
    Explanation
    The word "ecclesiastical" is an adjective that describes something related to the Christian Church or its clergy. In the context of the given question, it implies that the monk is associated with the Church or has a role within it. This could mean that the monk is a member of the clergy or has a religious occupation.

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  • 21. 

    Why are the pilgrims going to Canterbury?

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