Poetry And Poets Of 14th Century

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Poetry And Poets Of 14th Century

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  • 1. 
    Which story scenario would most likely be a parable?
    • A. 

      A fairy godmother allows a beautiful young maiden the chance to attend the coronation of the handsome new king.

    • B. 

      A farmer plants his seed, and then stays at home until harvest time. When he returns to his field at reaping time, he sees that the sun has scorched his crops.

    • C. 

      A grumpy old donkey hides his money away and ignores his starving neighbor's pleas for food.

    • D. 

      An evil witch entices two children to her candy garden and then tries to keep them as house slaves.

  • 2. 
    Which sentence best describes a characteristic of a parable?
    • A. 

      The setting is a make-believe world.

    • B. 

      The story contains animal characters.

    • C. 

      Characters have superhuman abilities.

    • D. 

      The story contains a moral.

  • 3. 
    Which sentence describes a characteristic of a poetry slam?
    • A. 

      Poetry is performed to aggressive music.

    • B. 

      Poetry is anthologized into a single volume.

    • C. 

      Poetry is judged by audience members.

    • D. 

      Poetry is improvised on the spot.

  • 4. 
    How do parables and fables differ?
    • A. 

      Parables center on current events while fables focus on ancient tales.

    • B. 

      Parables are set in a fantasy world while fables are set in modern day.

    • C. 

      Parables portray humans unrealistically while fables portray humans realistically.

    • D. 

      Parables have human characters while fables have animal characters.

  • 5. 
    In which way does poetry today resemble poetry from the 14th century?
    • A. 

      Poetry is still valued over prose.

    • B. 

      Poetic devices are still rarely used.

    • C. 

      Poets generally use the same meter.

    • D. 

      Poems are still often recited orally.

  • 6. 
    Read this poem: Roses are red,violets are blue, dodoes are dead, and that's a shame.What is the poem's rhyme scheme?
    • A. 

      Abac

    • B. 

      Abab

    • C. 

      Abba

    • D. 

      Abcd

  • 7. 
    Which story scenario would best fit the historical context of the 14th century?
    • A. 

      A sailor travels country to country to find his family after they are taken hostage by an evil ship captain.

    • B. 

      The town shoemaker marries a beautiful young maiden despite the wishes of her rich family.

    • C. 

      An adolescent girl flees her home after an illness takes the life of every person in her family.

    • D. 

      A farmer fights to defend his crops against the trolls who want to take over his land.

  • 8. 
    What is the best example of a story's historical context?
    • A. 

      The way the plot is eventually resolved

    • B. 

      The economic situation the author lives in

    • C. 

      The quality of the author's work

    • D. 

      The genre that the story belongs to

  • 9. 
    Read this scenario: A little girl discovers a purse filled with gold coins at the riverbank. She returns the next day to find a fisherman searching frantically near the water. She approaches him and asks what he is looking for. He tells her he lost a bag with five gold coins inside. She smiles and presents him with the bag. He is so appreciative that he gives her one gold coin as a reward.What would a culture that tells this story most likely value?
    • A. 

      Honesty, even in the face of personal loss

    • B. 

      Adventure, even when you have to give up something costly

    • C. 

      Wealth, especially the understanding that it is easily lost

    • D. 

      Hard work, especially when living off the land

  • 10. 
    Why were meter and alliteration important poetic devices to 14th century poets?
    • A. 

      They simulated natural conversation

    • B. 

      They lengthened the lines on the page

    • C. 

      They made poems easier to memorize

    • D. 

      They helped poems stand out from others

  • 11. 
    Why does "The Monk's Tale" fit the category of parable?
    • A. 

      It focuses on mostly religious topics

    • B. 

      It tells the results of different people's good and bad behavior

    • C. 

      It contains stories of superhuman gods.

    • D. 

      It emphasizes the important events of a particular time period.

  • 12. 
    Read these lines from "The Monk's Tale." He had a son, Belshazzar was his name,Who held the throne after his father's day, But took no warning from him all the same,Proud in his death and proud in his display,What is the rhyme scheme of the lines?
    • A. 

      Abca

    • B. 

      Abcd

    • C. 

      Abab

    • D. 

      Abac

  • 13. 
    According to the monk's stories, what common trait do Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar share?
    • A. 

      Both lost their eyesight.

    • B. 

      Both lost their sanity

    • C. 

      Both made golden images to worship

    • D. 

      Both were kings

  • 14. 
    According to the monk, why does Fortune abandon people?
    • A. 

      Because evil people don't need fortune to help them achieve their schemes.

    • B. 

      Because people don't work hard enough to keep her with them.

    • C. 

      Because they become religious and depend on God, not her, to help them.

    • D. 

      Because people become prideful and believe that she will always reward them.

  • 15. 
    Which biblical figure does the monk not include in his parables?
    • A. 

      Samson

    • B. 

      Moses

    • C. 

      Adam

    • D. 

      Nebuchadnezzar

  • 16. 
    What can the reader infer about the monk's character based on the fact that all of his stories contain the same tragic moral?
    • A. 

      He does not know stories outside of the biblical ones.

    • B. 

      He loses himself in the sermon he is preaching to the audience

    • C. 

      He is angry with the church so he tells stories to make biblical characters look bad

    • D. 

      He is jealous of the other storytellers from The Canterbury Tales and wants to outperform them

  • 17. 
    Which pair of lines demonstrates slant rhyme?
    • A. 

      Broken pencil, balls of crumpled paper / Deadline tomorrow, homework failure

    • B. 

      Frozen in an icy glare / Tangible anger in her stare

    • C. 

      Chocolate lollipops and a heart-shaped balloon / "Be my valentine" they all croon

    • D. 

      A love squandered, clock ticks taunt, / Misspoke words that still haunt

  • 18. 
    Which of Chaucer's descriptions from "The Monk's Tale" best illustrates Fortune as unreliable?
    • A. 

      And when men trust in her she then will fail / And cover her bright face as with a cloud.

    • B. 

      Fortune indeed had so enhanced his pride / That verily he thought to take his stand

    • C. 

      That there was nothing that Fortune could refuse him

    • D. 

      For if good Fortune makes your friends for you

  • 19. 
    Which innovation is attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer?
    • A. 

      The development of the tragic genre

    • B. 

      The use of frame narratives

    • C. 

      The arrangement of poetry into stanzas

    • D. 

      The growth of alliteration

  • 20. 
    Which line is decasyllabic?
    • A. 

      Meet me by the dock down south

    • B. 

      "My, my," said the spider to the mosquito

    • C. 

      Miranda took a bitter pill today

    • D. 

      I don't know; maybe you know

  • 21. 
    Which scenario is the best example of a frame narrative?
    • A. 

      An elf, a human, and a gnome must come together to unite the Shards of Radaganadar.

    • B. 

      A reporter tries to piece together the truth as she listens to three different plane-crash survivors tell their stories.

    • C. 

      A detective discovers that the kidnapper she's been investigating is actually her other personality.

    • D. 

      Two star-crossed lovers struggle to express their adoration for each other while their families fight a long-standing feud.

  • 22. 
    Which historical event most likely influenced the story choices of the monk?
    • A. 

      Positive influx of knowledge created by the Renaissance movement

    • B. 

      Poor education and treatment of lower-class Roman citizens

    • C. 

      The supportive system of medieval knighthood

    • D. 

      Strong hostility toward the Catholic Church caused by papal rule

  • 23. 
    What is the most likely reason "The Monk's Tale" is full of parables?
    • A. 

      Chaucer reserved parables for the monk because he considered them sacred

    • B. 

      Chaucer's intent was to make fun of parables and the people who told them

    • C. 

      Parables are a form of parody that indirectly criticizes some aspect of society

    • D. 

      Parables cast animals as characters, which 14th century audiences found safe

  • 24. 
    Read these lines: When Fortune would electTo trick a man, she plots his overthrowBy such a means as he would least expect.Which theme from the story is best represented in these lines?
    • A. 

      Governments are overthrown at Fortune's whims

    • B. 

      Fortune plays fair to those she meets, even if they are cunning

    • C. 

      People have little control over their own lives

    • D. 

      People don't expect good things to happen to them

  • 25. 
    Read these lines: That conqueredst Alexandria by the rightOf arms, and didest woe on heathens too,Thy very liegmen envied thee, and spite(No other cause) against thy chivalrous mightMoved them to murder thee upon the morrowThere, on thy bed! Thus Fortune with lightWhat is the rhyme scheme of these lines?
    • A. 

      Abcbdb

    • B. 

      Abcdef

    • C. 

      Abaaca

    • D. 

      Abaaba

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