Trivia Quiz: The Wife Of Bath's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

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Welcome to the trivia quiz on The wife of bath’s tale by Geoffrey Chaucer. The story is quite interesting as we get to see a world where king Arthur is not the one tasked with dispensing justice, but it is the queen and her lady’s court that does. They do so differently and paint the roles are reversed. Take up the quiz below and get to review the book.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    This one word best characterizes the character and characterization of Chaucer's Prioress in the General Prologue.

    Explanation
    The word "ambiguous" suggests that Chaucer's portrayal of the Prioress is unclear and open to interpretation. This implies that her character and characterization are not easily defined or understood. It could mean that she displays contradictory traits or that her motives and intentions are unclear. This word choice highlights the complexity and depth of the Prioress's character, leaving room for different interpretations and discussions.

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  • 2. 

    Chaucer uses this word continuously to describe his Knight in the General Prologue.

    Explanation
    Chaucer consistently uses the word "worthy" to describe his Knight in the General Prologue. This suggests that the Knight possesses admirable qualities and is deserving of respect and honor. The word "worthiness" could also be used to describe the Knight, indicating that he possesses the qualities necessary to be considered worthy. Both words convey the idea that the Knight is esteemed and deserving of admiration.

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  • 3. 

    How many husbands has the Wife of Bath had?

    Explanation
    The Wife of Bath has had five husbands. This is evident from the fact that the answer states "5" and "five" as the number of husbands she has had. The repetition of the number in both numerical and written form reinforces the accuracy of the answer.

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  • 4. 

    What does the Wife of Bath know about, when Chaucer says she knows 'the olde dance'?

    • A.

      Weaving

    • B.

      Love

    • C.

      Pilgrimages

    • D.

      Church

    Correct Answer
    B. Love
    Explanation
    The Wife of Bath knows about love when Chaucer says she knows 'the olde dance'. This suggests that she is experienced and knowledgeable in matters of love and relationships. Her understanding of love is likely based on her own personal experiences and her interactions with various husbands throughout her life.

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  • 5. 

    In Middle English literature, ugly means evil.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In Middle English literature, the term "ugly" was often used to describe something or someone who was morally or spiritually wicked. It was believed that a person's physical appearance reflected their inner nature, so someone who was considered ugly was also seen as evil. This association between ugliness and evil can be seen in various literary works from that time period. Therefore, the given answer, "True," is correct.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these characters is considered 'evil' based on his/her appearance in the General Prologue?

    • A.

      The Prioress

    • B.

      The Wife of Bath

    • C.

      The Miller

    Correct Answer
    C. The Miller
    Explanation
    The Miller is considered 'evil' based on his appearance in the General Prologue because he is described as having a large and muscular physique, with a red beard and a wide, wart-covered nose. He is also depicted as being loud, boisterous, and vulgar in his behavior, which goes against the norms of the time. These physical and behavioral traits contribute to the perception of the Miller as an 'evil' character.

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  • 7. 

    Chaucer is seldom critical of the Church, especially because he is a faithful Christian.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Chaucer's works, particularly "The Canterbury Tales," are known for their satirical portrayal of various characters, including members of the Church. He often critiques the corruption and hypocrisy within the Church, suggesting that he is not always supportive or uncritical of it. Therefore, the statement that Chaucer is seldom critical of the Church is false.

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  • 8. 

    Chaucer often uses this rhetorical device to describe characters in the General Prologue.

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Litotes

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Simile
    Explanation
    Chaucer often uses similes to describe characters in the General Prologue. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using "like" or "as." By using similes, Chaucer is able to create vivid and memorable descriptions of the characters, allowing the readers to better understand their characteristics and personalities. Similes also add depth and richness to the text, making it more engaging and enjoyable to read.

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  • 9. 

    What does the Pardoner sell to Christians? Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Pig bones

    • B.

      Pieces of St. Peter's sail

    • C.

      Bibles

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Pig bones
    B. Pieces of St. Peter's sail
    Explanation
    The Pardoner sells pig bones and pieces of St. Peter's sail to Christians. These items are likely being marketed as religious relics or souvenirs with spiritual significance. Pig bones may be presented as relics of saints or holy figures, while pieces of St. Peter's sail could be considered fragments of a sacred object associated with the apostle Peter. The sale of these items may be seen as a way for the Pardoner to exploit people's faith and make a profit.

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  • 10. 

    Which of these are part of the three estates? Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Laborator

    • B.

      Orator

    • C.

      Rhetor

    • D.

      Bellator

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Laborator
    B. Orator
    D. Bellator
    Explanation
    The three estates refer to the three main social classes in medieval Europe: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. Laborator, Orator, and Bellator can be associated with these social classes. Laborator could represent the commoners or the working class, Orator could represent the clergy or those involved in public speaking and persuasion, and Bellator could represent the nobility or warriors involved in warfare. Rhetor, on the other hand, does not directly align with any of the three estates and is therefore not part of the answer.

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