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Literature of the Middle Ages Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In The Knight's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, who ends up getting married?

Question 2 2. What is the defining feature of alliterative verse?

Question 3 3. What does This Nicholas anon leet fle a fart mean?

Question 4 4. How did J. R. R. Tolkien influence Beowulf scholarship?

Question 5 5. In the epic poem Beowulf, what happens after Beowulf defeats Grendel?

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Question 6 6. A medieval chivalric romance is closest to which modern genre, and why?

Question 7 7.

Which is closest in meaning to lines 1-2 of the following passage of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

'Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, /

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote /

And bathed every veyne in swich licour, /

Of which vertu engendred is the flour'

Question 8 8. What is a caesura?

Question 9 9. In the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, the prioress affects the manners of a _____.

Question 10 10. Why do scholars believe that The Canterbury Tales are likely unfinished?

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Question 11 11. In the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, the pilgrims represent a diverse group of people. Which of the following is a common trait shared by the pardoner, summoner, and friar?

Question 12 12. How does the epic poem Beowulf end?

Question 13 13. In The Miller's Tale of 'The Canterbury Tales', when Absalon arrives at the window to ask for a kiss, Alisoun presents her _____.

Question 14 14. A fabliau is a comic genre characterized by which of the following?

Question 15 15. Why was the fact that Chaucer wrote in the vernacular of the time in which he was living considered pretty revolutionary?

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Question 16 16. In the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath is quite interesting and one of the only female characters who gets to tell stories. All of the following are true about the Wife of Bath EXCEPT:

Question 17 17. In The Miller's Tale of 'The Canterbury Tales', what does Nicholas tell Alisoun's husband, John, in order to trick him so that he can spend a night with Alisoun?

Question 18 18. The Canterbury Tales is probably Chaucer's most famous work. It is likely that Chaucer had the ability to write about all of the different included characters because:

Question 19 19. In The Wife of Bath's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, as a punishment for _____ the knight is charged with figuring out what women most want in the world.

Question 20 20. Which of the following BEST explains the frame narrative of The Canterbury Tales presented in the General Prologue?

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Question 21 21. How is the The Wife of Bath's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales considered to have feminist elements?

Question 22 22. In which year did Chaucer die?

Question 23 23. In The Knight's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, cousins Arcite and Palamon end up staging a battle for the heart of which lady?

Question 24 24.

Which is closest in meaning to lines 3-4 of the following passage of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

'Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, /

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote /

And bathed every veyne in swich licour, /

Of which vertu engendred is the flour'

Question 25 25. In 'The Canterbury Tales', why does the miller tell his tale?

Literature of the Middle Ages Chapter Exam Instructions

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