Chaucer, The Prologue And The Pardoner's Tle

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  • 1. 

    Chaucer lived in the

    • A.

      7th century

    • B.

      14th century

    • C.

      18th century

    • D.

      10th century

    Correct Answer
    B. 14th century
    Explanation
    Chaucer lived in the 14th century. This can be inferred from his most famous work, "The Canterbury Tales," which was written in Middle English during this time period. Additionally, historical records and documents from the 14th century mention Chaucer's existence and his contributions to literature.

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  • 2. 

    During his life England was at war with

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Europe

    • C.

      The Vikings

    • D.

      Spain and Italy

    Correct Answer
    A. France
    Explanation
    During his life, England was frequently at war with France. The Hundred Years' War, which lasted from 1337 to 1453, was a major conflict between the two countries. This war had a significant impact on both England and France, with battles and sieges taking place throughout the period. The conflict was primarily fought over territorial disputes and power struggles between the English and French monarchies. Therefore, it is plausible to conclude that France was indeed one of the countries England was at war with during this time.

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  • 3. 

    Chaucer's primary career was

    • A.

      Writing

    • B.

      Attendant to the Queen

    • C.

      Politics and diplomacy

    • D.

      Soldier

    Correct Answer
    C. Politics and diplomacy
    Explanation
    Chaucer's primary career was politics and diplomacy. This is evident from his actual job positions and responsibilities during his lifetime. Chaucer served as a diplomat and held various political positions, including customs officer, justice of the peace, and member of parliament. His diplomatic career took him to different countries, where he engaged in important diplomatic missions. Additionally, Chaucer's literary works often reflect his involvement in politics and his observations of the society and political events of his time. Therefore, it can be concluded that politics and diplomacy were his main focus and occupation.

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  • 4. 

    The Canterbury Tales is about ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Correct Answer
    a group of travelers from all walks of live making pilgrimage to Canterbury
    Explanation
    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. It revolves around a group of diverse individuals from various social backgrounds who come together and embark on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. Each traveler tells a tale, showcasing their unique perspectives and experiences. Through these tales, Chaucer provides a vivid portrayal of medieval society, its values, and its flaws. The pilgrimage serves as a framework for the stories and allows for social commentary and satire.

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  • 5. 

    There are ____________ characters in the story

    • A.

      12

    • B.

      26

    • C.

      15

    • D.

      29

    Correct Answer
    D. 29
    Explanation
    The given question asks for the number of characters in the story. The only information provided is the answer choice "29". Therefore, we can assume that the correct answer is 29 characters in the story.

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  • 6. 

    The tone of this narrative poem is _______________________

    Correct Answer
    ironic
    Explanation
    The tone of this narrative poem is ironic. This suggests that the poem uses humor, sarcasm, or contradictions to convey a meaning that is opposite to what is expected. The poem might employ irony to highlight the gap between reality and the speaker's expectations, or to criticize a situation or character in a satirical manner.

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  • 7. 

    Irony means

    • A.

      Resembling two things or people

    • B.

      Giving human qualities to objects

    • C.

      Consonants at the beginning of each word

    • D.

      A contrast between what's expected and what's real

    Correct Answer
    D. A contrast between what's expected and what's real
    Explanation
    Irony refers to a contrast between what is expected and what actually occurs. It involves situations or statements that are contrary to what is anticipated or intended. This can create a humorous or sarcastic effect, highlighting the difference between what is perceived and what actually happens. Irony is often used in literature, speeches, or everyday conversations to convey deeper meaning or to emphasize the unexpected.

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  • 8. 

    Canterbury Tales is a(n)

    • A.

      Narrative poem

    • B.

      Epic story

    • C.

      Lyrical story

    • D.

      Myth

    Correct Answer
    A. Narrative poem
    Explanation
    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. It consists of various tales told by a diverse group of pilgrims traveling to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. Each pilgrim tells their own story, creating a narrative within a larger frame story. Therefore, the correct answer is a narrative poem, as it combines elements of storytelling and poetry.

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  • 9. 

    The Pardoner's tale is a ______________

    Correct Answer
    moral tale
    Explanation
    The Pardoner's tale can be classified as a moral tale because it teaches a lesson or moral message to the readers. In this tale, the Pardoner tells a story about three riotous young men who set out to find and kill Death, but end up betraying and killing each other due to their greed. The tale emphasizes the destructive nature of greed and the consequences of immoral actions. Through this story, the Pardoner aims to warn the audience against the dangers of greed and the importance of living a virtuous life.

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  • 10. 

    The Pardoner's character and he story he tells is ______________________

    Correct Answer
    ironic
    conflicting
    opposites
    Explanation
    The Pardoner's character and the story he tells are ironic, conflicting, and opposites. This is because the Pardoner, despite being a corrupt and sinful character, preaches about the dangers of greed and indulgence. His story, "The Pardoner's Tale," also presents a moral lesson about the consequences of greed and selfishness. The irony lies in the contradiction between the Pardoner's immoral behavior and his moral teachings, creating a conflict between his words and actions. Thus, the Pardoner's character and story exhibit irony, conflict, and opposites.

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  • 11. 

    Foreshadowing means

    • A.

      Giving clues about what's going to happen next

    • B.

      Comparing and contrasting two characters

    • C.

      Emphasizing what's wrong in human behavior

    • D.

      Thematic link

    Correct Answer
    A. Giving clues about what's going to happen next
    Explanation
    Foreshadowing refers to the literary technique of providing subtle hints or clues about future events in a story. It allows the reader to anticipate or predict what might happen next, adding suspense and depth to the narrative. By dropping these clues, the author creates a sense of anticipation and prepares the reader for upcoming plot developments or revelations. This technique is commonly used to build tension, create dramatic irony, and enhance the overall storytelling experience.

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  • 12. 

    An allegorical figure

    • A.

      Is usually a hero

    • B.

      Tells moral tales

    • C.

      Is a concept representing evil

    • D.

      Represents an abstract concept

    Correct Answer
    D. Represents an abstract concept
    Explanation
    An allegorical figure represents an abstract concept because allegory is a literary device that uses symbolic characters and events to convey deeper meanings and messages. These figures are not meant to be taken literally but instead represent ideas, values, or qualities. Unlike a hero, who is a specific character with defined traits and actions, an allegorical figure is more of a symbolic representation. Similarly, while allegorical figures may tell moral tales, their primary purpose is to embody abstract concepts rather than simply conveying moral lessons. Therefore, the correct answer is "represents an abstract concept."

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  • 13. 

    The Cantebury Tales is a frame story because______________________________

    Correct Answer
    there are stories inside one story
    Explanation
    The Canterbury Tales is considered a frame story because it consists of multiple stories within a larger narrative. The main plot revolves around a group of pilgrims traveling together and each pilgrim tells a story during their journey. These individual stories are interconnected and contribute to the overall structure and theme of the book. This layered storytelling technique creates a rich and complex narrative, making The Canterbury Tales a classic example of a frame story.

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  • 14. 

    The main idea of the Pardoner's tale is

    • A.

      Money is the root of all evil

    • B.

      Friendship means loyalty

    • C.

      Greed is a universal human weakness

    • D.

      Death is inevitable

    Correct Answer
    C. Greed is a universal human weakness
    Explanation
    The Pardoner's tale explores the theme of greed as a universal human weakness. Throughout the story, the characters' actions and motivations revolve around their insatiable desire for wealth and material possessions. The Pardoner himself exemplifies this theme, as he uses his position to exploit people's guilt and greed for his own financial gain. The tale serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the destructive consequences of succumbing to the temptations of greed. Therefore, the correct answer is that greed is a universal human weakness.

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  • 15. 

    "......and suddenly the man was slain, Upon his bench,face up, dead drunk again.There came a privy thief,they call him Death,Who kills us all round here, and in a breathHe speared him through the hear.................."The figure of speech in these lines is _____________________________.

    Correct Answer
    personification
    Explanation
    The figure of speech in these lines is personification. Personification is a figure of speech in which human qualities or characteristics are attributed to non-human entities. In the given lines, Death is personified as a privy thief who kills people. This personification gives Death human-like qualities and actions, making it more relatable and understandable to the reader.

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  • 16. 

    "Do no more harm to an old man than you,Being now young,would have another doWhen you are old- if you should live till then"What kind of figure of speech do you find in these lines?

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    • D.

      Alletiration

    Correct Answer
    C. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    The given lines express a contradictory statement, where the speaker advises not to harm an old man in the same way they would not want someone to harm them when they are old. This creates a sense of irony as it highlights the hypocrisy or inconsistency in the speaker's words and actions. Therefore, the figure of speech used in these lines is verbal irony.

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  • 17. 

    The purpose of the Pardoner to tell a moral story to the pilgrims is to

    • A.

      Make them aware that he doesn't really care about his job

    • B.

      Make them fearful of dying before having their sins forgiven

    • C.

      Give them a message that money is the root of all evil

    • D.

      Let them know that he's not evil at all

    Correct Answer
    B. Make them fearful of dying before having their sins forgiven
    Explanation
    The Pardoner tells a moral story to the pilgrims in order to make them fearful of dying before having their sins forgiven. This is evident in the Pardoner's tale, where he tells a cautionary story about the consequences of greed and the pursuit of wealth. By highlighting the negative outcomes of sinful behavior, the Pardoner aims to instill a sense of fear and urgency in the pilgrims, encouraging them to seek forgiveness for their sins before it's too late.

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  • 18. 

    Determine if each pair of these words are synonyms or antonyms;agility - clumsiness

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Antonym

    Correct Answer
    B. Antonym
    Explanation
    The words "agility" and "clumsiness" have opposite meanings. "Agility" refers to the ability to move quickly and easily, while "clumsiness" refers to a lack of coordination and grace. Therefore, these words are antonyms.

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  • 19. 

    Dilligent - lazy

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Antonym

    Correct Answer
    B. Antonym
    Explanation
    The words "dilligent" and "lazy" are antonyms because they have opposite meanings. "Dilligent" means hardworking, while "lazy" means lacking motivation or effort. These words are used to describe people's work ethic or level of productivity, with "dilligent" being positive and "lazy" being negative. Therefore, they are antonyms as they represent contrasting characteristics.

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  • 20. 

    Courtliness - elegance

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Antonym

    Correct Answer
    A. Synonym
    Explanation
    The word "courtliness" refers to being polite, courteous, and well-mannered. Similarly, "elegance" implies grace, refinement, and sophistication. Both words convey a sense of sophistication and good manners, making them synonymous.

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  • 21. 

    Accrue - accumulate

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Antonym

    Correct Answer
    A. Synonym
    Explanation
    The word "synonym" refers to a word that has a similar or identical meaning to another word. In this case, "accrue" and "accumulate" have the same meaning, which is to gather or collect over time. Therefore, they can be considered synonyms.

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  • 22. 

    Sedately - frantically

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Antonym

    Correct Answer
    B. Antonym
    Explanation
    The words "sedately" and "frantically" have opposite meanings, making them antonyms. "Sedately" means calmly or in a composed manner, while "frantically" means in a panicked or frenzied manner. Therefore, they are antonyms as they represent contrasting ideas.

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  • 23. 

    Indicate whether each statement is True or FalseGuests at the inn most likely ordered vermin for dinner.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that guests at the inn most likely ordered vermin for dinner. However, there is no evidence or logical reasoning provided to support this claim. Without any supporting information, it is not reasonable to assume that guests at the inn would order vermin for dinner. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 24. 

    Someone who counts his or her money all the time may be guilty of avarice.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If someone is constantly counting their money, it suggests that they have a strong desire for wealth and material possessions. Avarice refers to an excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or material gain. Therefore, someone who counts their money all the time may be guilty of avarice.

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  • 25. 

    Giving money away is a sign of covetousness.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is incorrect. Giving money away is not a sign of covetousness, but rather a sign of generosity or selflessness. Covetousness refers to an excessive desire for wealth or possessions, often at the expense of others. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 26. 

    You should expect an adversary to agree with you.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    An adversary is someone who opposes or goes against you. Therefore, it is not reasonable to expect an adversary to agree with you. Hence, the correct answer is False.

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  • 27. 

    A parley might lead to peace between warring factions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A parley is a meeting or discussion between opposing parties in order to negotiate or resolve conflicts. By engaging in a parley, the warring factions have the opportunity to communicate and find common ground, which can ultimately lead to peace. Therefore, the statement that a parley might lead to peace between warring factions is true.

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  • 28. 

    Paraphrase this section of the poem Canterbury Tales;*florin is the kind of money they used then."The youngest, as he ran towards the town,Kept turning over, rolling up and downWithin his heart the beauty of those brightNew florins, saying, 'Lord to think I mightHave all that treasure to myself alone!Could there be anyone beneath the throneof God so happy as I then should be?' "Write your paraphrase here:

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