Chaucer Review Quiz: The Prioress

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Chaucer Review Quiz: The Prioress - Quiz

A short review quiz on some of the details about the Prioress and her Tale.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In the "General Prologue," the narrator implies that the Prioress is

    • A.

      short

    • B.

      Tall

    • C.

      Somewhat heavyset

    • D.

      Rather slender

    • E.

      Aerobically fit

    Correct Answer
    C. Somewhat heavyset
    Explanation
    "she was by no means undergrown"

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  • 2. 

    The Prioress' name is

    • A.

      Madame de Gaulle

    • B.

      Madame Eglantyne

    • C.

      Madame Bovary

    • D.

      Madame Bovine

    • E.

      Madame de Farge

    Correct Answer
    B. Madame Eglantyne
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Madame Eglantyne. The Prioress' name is not Madame de Gaulle, Madame Bovary, Madame Bovine, or Madame de Farge. Madame Eglantyne is the correct answer because it is the only name listed that could potentially be the name of a Prioress.

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  • 3. 

    The Prioress's bracelet is made of

    • A.

      Gaudies

    • B.

      Silver

    • C.

      Jade

    • D.

      Ivory

    • E.

      Coral

    Correct Answer
    E. Coral
    Explanation
    The rosary "gaudies" are green and likely jade; the bracelet is coral, emphasizing the lady's wealth.

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  • 4. 

    The narrator's comment that "She spoke French daintily, after the school of Stratford-Atte-Bowe/French in the Paris style she did not know" is designed to indicate that

    • A.

      The Prioress did not speak French very well

    • B.

      The Prioress was fluent in French.

    • C.

      The Prioress was an accomplished linguist.

    • D.

      The Prioress liked French food.

    • E.

      The Prioress wore French clothing.

    Correct Answer
    A. The Prioress did not speak French very well
    Explanation
    Since Stratford is in England, her speaking French in this style indicates at the very least a poor French accent.

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  • 5. 

    The overall impression that the narrator's description of the Prioress in the GP creates is that

    • A.

      She is a holy woman

    • B.

      She is a good prioress

    • C.

      She is kindly and charitable

    • D.

      She is pretty much a fake

    • E.

      She is arrogant and proud

    Correct Answer
    D. She is pretty much a fake
    Explanation
    Note all the put-downs and the use of verbs like "seem" and "counterfeit."

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  • 6. 

    In the Prioress's Tale, what hymn does the boy enjoy hearing and singing?

    • A.

      O Alma Redemptoris

    • B.

      O Salutaris

    • C.

      Tantum Ergo

    • D.

      O Tannenbaum

    • E.

      O Sanctissima

    Correct Answer
    A. O Alma Redemptoris
    Explanation
    Repeated a number of times in the story.

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  • 7. 

    To whom and about whom is this hymn composed?

    • A.

      Jesus

    • B.

      God

    • C.

      St. Francis

    • D.

      The Blessed Virgin Mary

    • E.

      St. Monica

    Correct Answer
    D. The Blessed Virgin Mary
    Explanation
    The hymn's name translated means "Sweetness of the Redeemer," a clear reference to Jesus' mother the BVM.

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  • 8. 

    Who tries to kill the boy for singing the hymn?

    • A.

      Vikings

    • B.

      Saxons

    • C.

      Normans

    • D.

      Teutons

    • E.

      Jews

    Correct Answer
    E. Jews
    Explanation
    The anti-Semitism of the story may be part of Chaucer's overall portrait of the lady: supposedly a person of charity and compassion, she nonetheless tells a tale whose violence and prejudice underscore the hypocritical nature that Chaucer is trying to portray.

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