Trivia: The Canterbury Tales Book Quiz!

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The Canterbury Tales Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      The realisation that the end of the world was not necessarily coming shortly

    • B. 

      The realisation that the earth was not the centre of the universe

    • C. 

      The realisation that the end of the world was coming

    • D. 

      The realisation that the earth was the centre of the universe

  • 2. 
    What was the life expectancy of women in the 14th Century?
    • A. 

      14

    • B. 

      22

    • C. 

      26

    • D. 

      29

  • 3. 
    At what age did the majority of men get married in the 14th Century?
    • A. 

      14

    • B. 

      20

    • C. 

      24

    • D. 

      35

  • 4. 
    Which of the following events took place in 1381 in England?
    • A. 

      Treaty of Bretigny

    • B. 

      Death of Edward III

    • C. 

      Invention of the printing press

    • D. 

      The Peasant’s Revolt

  • 5. 
    Which of the following facts is not true of the life of Geoffrey Chaucer?
    • A. 

      He was a diplomat

    • B. 

      He died in 1410

    • C. 

      He was the only son of a London wine-merchant

    • D. 

      He was a translator

  • 6. 
    Edward III paid £16 ransom to release Chaucer. During which war was he made captive?
    • A. 

      The Six-Day War

    • B. 

      The Bulgarian-Ottoman War

    • C. 

      The Scottish War of Independence

    • D. 

      The Hundred Years’ War

  • 7. 
    Chaucer is often considered the first representative of which movement in English literature?
    • A. 

      Humanism

    • B. 

      Aestheticism

    • C. 

      Expressionism

    • D. 

      Transcendentalism

  • 8. 
    Which of the following Italian authors did not influence Chaucer?
    • A. 

      Dante Alighieri

    • B. 

      Francesco Petrarca

    • C. 

      Pietro Bembo

    • D. 

      Giovanni Boccaccio

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is a narrative poem which many scholars consider to be Chaucer’s finest work?
    • A. 

      Troilus and Chrisalida

    • B. 

      Trollus and Cressilda

    • C. 

      Traldus and Cressida

    • D. 

      Troilus and Criseyde

  • 10. 
    During which of the following periods were the Canterbury Tales written?
    • A. 

      1240-1244

    • B. 

      1310-1315

    • C. 

      1387-1400

    • D. 

      1395-1405

  • 11. 
    In which year did William Caxton publish the Canterbury Tales for the first time?
    • A. 

      1450

    • B. 

      1460

    • C. 

      1470

    • D. 

      1480

  • 12. 
    In the Canterbury Tales, one story connects a series of other stories. What is this literary technique called?
    • A. 

      Frame narrative

    • B. 

      Web narrative

    • C. 

      Box narrative

    • D. 

      Casing narrative

  • 13. 
    The Prologue and majority of the tales are composed of what?
    • A. 

      Decasyllabic verses in rhyming couplets

    • B. 

      Unrhymed dodecasyllabic verses

    • C. 

      Octosyllabic verses in rhyming couplets

    • D. 

      Unrhymed decasyllabic verses

  • 14. 
    In his initial plan for the Canterbury Tales, how many stories did Chaucer wish to include?
    • A. 

      120

    • B. 

      60

    • C. 

      100

    • D. 

      90

  • 15. 
    How many tales did Chaucer complete?
    • A. 

      12

    • B. 

      20

    • C. 

      24

    • D. 

      30

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is a theme of the text?
    • A. 

      Courtly love

    • B. 

      Importance of company

    • C. 

      Corruption of the Church

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    In which season does the pilgrimage take place?
    • A. 

      Spring

    • B. 

      Summer

    • C. 

      Autumn

    • D. 

      Winter

  • 18. 
    The pilgrims travel to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Where do they depart from?
    • A. 

      Southwark

    • B. 

      Southpark

    • C. 

      Southbank

    • D. 

      Southwalk

  • 19. 
    What is the name of the host?
    • A. 

      Barry Hailey

    • B. 

      Gary Mailey

    • C. 

      Harry Bailey

    • D. 

      Larry Sailey

  • 20. 
    The host decides that each pilgrim must tell how many stories?
    • A. 

      Two on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back

    • B. 

      One on the way to Canterbury

    • C. 

      One on the way back from Canterbury

    • D. 

      One on the way to Canterbury and one on the way back

  • 21. 
    What is the prize for winning the storytelling contest?
    • A. 

      A date with the Wife of Bath

    • B. 

      A book of poetry

    • C. 

      A medal and certificate

    • D. 

      A free meal at the Tabard Inn

  • 22. 
    Apart from the narrator, how many travellers go on the pilgrimage?
    • A. 

      27

    • B. 

      28

    • C. 

      29

    • D. 

      26

  • 23. 
    What aspects of the pilgrims are described in the General Prologue?
    • A. 

      All of the other answers are correct

    • B. 

      Physical appearance

    • C. 

      Social rank

    • D. 

      Clothing

  • 24. 
    The pilgrims are representative of typical 14th Century social 'classes'. What are these collectives called?
    • A. 

      Estates

    • B. 

      Clusters

    • C. 

      Assemblies

    • D. 

      Factions

  • 25. 
    Which character represents the highest social class of the group?
    • A. 

      Squire

    • B. 

      Knight

    • C. 

      Monk

    • D. 

      Miller