The Canterbury Tales MCQ Quiz Questions And Answers

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How much do you know about The Canterbury Tales? Take this 'The Canterbury Tales MCQ quiz' and check your knowledge for the same. The Canterbury Tales is a collection that has twenty-four stories that run to over 17,000 lines, and it is written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400. It is widely considered and regarded as Chaucer's magnum opus. So, let's test your knowledge on the same with these interesting questions!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was the life expectancy of women in the 14th Century?
    • A. 

      14

    • B. 

      22

    • C. 

      26

    • D. 

      29

  • 2. 
    At what age did the majority of men get married in the 14th Century?
    • A. 

      14

    • B. 

      20

    • C. 

      24

    • D. 

      35

  • 3. 
    Which of the following events took place in 1381 in England?
    • A. 

      Treaty of Bretigny

    • B. 

      Death of Edward III

    • C. 

      The invention of the printing press

    • D. 

      The Peasant’s Revolt

  • 4. 
    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

  • 5. 
    Edward III paid a £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

  • 6. 
    Chaucer is often considered the first representative of which movement in English literature?
    • A. 

      Humanism

    • B. 

      Aestheticism

    • C. 

      Expressionism

    • D. 

      Transcendentalism

  • 7. 
    Which of the following Italian authors did not influence Chaucer?
    • A. 

      Dante Alighieri

    • B. 

      Francesco Petrarca

    • C. 

      Pietro Bembo

    • D. 

      Giovanni Boccaccio

  • 8. 
    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 Cressida

    • C. 

      Traldus and Cressida

    • D. 

      Troilus and Criseyde

  • 9. 
    During which of the following periods were the Canterbury Tales written?
    • A. 

      1240-1244

    • B. 

      1310-1315

    • C. 

      1387-1400

    • D. 

      1395-1405

  • 10. 
    In which year did William Caxton publish the Canterbury Tales for the first time?
    • A. 

      1450

    • B. 

      1460

    • C. 

      1470

    • D. 

      1480

  • 11. 
    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

  • 12. 
    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

  • 13. 
    In his initial plan for The Canterbury Tales, how many stories did Chaucer wish to include?
    • A. 

      120

    • B. 

      60

    • C. 

      100

    • D. 

      90

  • 14. 
    How many tales did Chaucer complete?
    • A. 

      12

    • B. 

      20

    • C. 

      24

    • D. 

      30

  • 15. 
    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

  • 16. 
    In which season does the pilgrimage take place?
    • A. 

      Spring

    • B. 

      Summer

    • C. 

      Autumn

    • D. 

      Winter

  • 17. 
    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

  • 18. 
    What is the name of the host?
    • A. 

      Barry Hailey

    • B. 

      Gary Mailey

    • C. 

      Harry Bailey

    • D. 

      Larry Sailey

  • 19. 
    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

  • 20. 
    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

  • 21. 
    Apart from the narrator, how many travellers go on the pilgrimage?
    • A. 

      27

    • B. 

      28

    • C. 

      29

    • D. 

      26

  • 22. 
    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

  • 23. 
    The pilgrims are representative of typical 14th Century social 'classes'. What are these collectives called?
    • A. 

      Estates

    • B. 

      Clusters

    • C. 

      Assemblies

    • D. 

      Factions

  • 24. 
    Which character represents the highest social class of the group?
    • A. 

      Squire

    • B. 

      Knight

    • C. 

      Monk

    • D. 

      Miller

  • 25. 
    Which character seems to love animals more than humans?
    • A. 

      Squire

    • B. 

      Friar

    • C. 

      Wife of Bath

    • D. 

      Prioress

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