The Canterbury Tales Final

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The Canterbury Tales Final

This is a quiz over the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Inn in London where the pilgrimage begins is called the ___________ and is roughly __________ miles away from Canterbury Cathedral.
    • A. 

      Tangent Inn, 100

    • B. 

      Tabard Inn; 80

    • C. 

      Traveler's Inn; 90

    • D. 

      Tracker Inn; 85

  • 2. 
    In “The Prologue,” Chaucer’s main objective is to 
    • A. 

      Analyze religious customs

    • B. 

      Reveal the narrator’s thoughts

    • C. 

      Introduce his cast of characters

    • D. 

      Describe a London inn

  • 3. 
    The pilgrims are traveling to Canterbury because 
    • A. 

      The shrine of St. Thomas à Becket is there

    • B. 

      They want to escape the plague that is attacking London

    • C. 

      The innkeeper has dared them to make the journey

    • D. 

      It is part of a longer tour of England

  • 4. 
    The pilgrims agree to tell tales during the journey to 
    • A. 

      Win a free meal and pass the time

    • B. 

      Reduce fighting and bickering

    • C. 

      Reduce fighting and bickering

    • D. 

      Teach the innkeeper a lesson about pride

  • 5. 
    How many pilgrims depart for Canterbury Cathedral including the Narrator?
    • A. 

      12

    • B. 

      24

    • C. 

      30

    • D. 

      36

  • 6. 
    The character in The Canterbury Tales who most closely resembles Chaucer himself is the
    • A. 

      Innkeeper

    • B. 

      Narrator

    • C. 

      Knight

    • D. 

      Merchant

  • 7. 
    In describing the individual pilgrims, Chaucer begins with the 
    • A. 

      Knight

    • B. 

      Wife of Bath

    • C. 

      Merchant

    • D. 

      Miller

  • 8. 
    The order in which the pilgrims are introduced is based on their 
    • A. 

      Age

    • B. 

      Wealth

    • C. 

      Social Class

    • D. 

      Race

  • 9. 
    The Haberdasher, the Dyer, the Carpenter, the Weaver, and the Carpet-maker are all 
    • A. 

      Members of the Clergy

    • B. 

      Too poor to join the pilgrimmage

    • C. 

      Landowners

    • D. 

      Guildsmen

  • 10. 
    Which of the following quotations from “The Prologue” is the best example of imagery?
    • A. 

      Referring to the April rains as liquor

    • B. 

      “In fifteen mortal battles he had been.”

    • C. 

      “Just home from service, he had joined our ranks.”

    • D. 

      “He’d seen some service with the cavalry.”

  • 11. 
    Near the beginning of "The Prologue," the narrator reveals that one of the main motivations for making the pilgrimage is
    • A. 

      Guilt

    • B. 

      Loneliness

    • C. 

      Religious observance

    • D. 

      Desire for adventure

  • 12. 
    In general, the attitude of the characters toward the pilgrimage is one of
    • A. 

      Dread

    • B. 

      Boredom

    • C. 

      Resentment

    • D. 

      Enthusiasm

  • 13. 
    What does the host suggest as a prize for the best story?
    • A. 

      A new horse for the ride home

    • B. 

      A free night's lodging at the inn

    • C. 

      A new coat made of worsted wool

    • D. 

      A supper paid for by all the pilgrims

  • 14. 
    Chaucer introduces us to 30 pilgrims. He intended to write 4 tales per pilgrim (120 total) before he died. How many tales was he able to complete before he passed away?
    • A. 

      20

    • B. 

      26

    • C. 

      30

    • D. 

      36

  • 15. 
    Although he was not royalty, Chaucer was one of a very select number of commoners to be buried in this prestigious location.
    • A. 

      Abbey Road

    • B. 

      Churchill Grounds

    • C. 

      Thatcher Commons

    • D. 

      Westminster Abbey

  • 16. 
    In The Pardoner’s Tale,the three “brothers” believe that the old man is
    • A. 

      Death's spy

    • B. 

      Death's enemy

    • C. 

      Death in disguise

    • D. 

      The ghost of a dead man

  • 17. 
    In The Pardoner's Tale, which of the three “brothers” commit(s) murder?
    • A. 

      All of them

    • B. 

      None of them

    • C. 

      Only the two who stay behind

    • D. 

      Only the one who goes into town

  • 18. 
    In The Pardoner's Tale, Death defeats the three “brothers” by appealing to their
    • A. 

      Pride

    • B. 

      Greed

    • C. 

      Vanity

    • D. 

      Worst fears

  • 19. 
    In the Pardoner's Tale, who or what does the old man claim to be searching for?
    • A. 

      His mother

    • B. 

      God

    • C. 

      Gold

    • D. 

      Food

  • 20. 
    When the 'three brothers" discover the gold coins, they
    • A. 

      Abandon their search for Death.

    • B. 

      Increase their efforts to find Death.

    • C. 

      Decide to wait for Death to find them.

    • D. 

      Decide to postpone their search for Death until later.

  • 21. 
    The Wife of Bath is a 
    • A. 

      Pious churchgoer and religious teacher

    • B. 

      Well-traveled vendor of fine silk clothing

    • C. 

      Veteran of several pilgrimages and 5 marriages

    • D. 

      Widow of a prosperous doctor in Bath

  • 22. 
    What is one of the Wife of Bath’s opinions about women?
    • A. 

      Women cannot keep a secret.

    • B. 

      Women should be sovereign over their husbands and lovers.

    • C. 

      Old women are ugly and rude.

    • D. 

      Women desire wealth and security.

  • 23. 
    On their wedding night, the knight refuses to share his bed with the old woman. Why?
    • A. 

      He doesn't appreciate being tricked.

    • B. 

      He disputes the Queen's authority.

    • C. 

      He's waiting for King Arthur to save him.

    • D. 

      The old woman is too old an unappealing to him.

  • 24. 
    The old woman offers the knight a choice between
    • A. 

      Poverty and wealth.

    • B. 

      Learning and ignorance

    • C. 

      Beauty and faithfulness

    • D. 

      Good manners and foul deeds

  • 25. 
    How do we know that the knight remembers the advice that saved his life, heeds it?
    • A. 

      He allows his bride to have sovereignty over him.

    • B. 

      He chooses beauty.

    • C. 

      He chooses faithfulness.

    • D. 

      He asks for a divorce