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Question 1 1. Julian of Norwich is quoted by which twentieth-century poet?

Question 2 2. A medieval chivalric romance is closest to which modern genre, and why?

Question 3 3.

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

Question 5 5. William Langland's Piers Plowman is an allegorical poem that differs from other kinds of poems because allegorical poems are _____.

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Question 6 6. How is the The Wife of Bath's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales considered to have feminist elements?

Question 7 7. Why was the fact that Chaucer wrote in the vernacular of the time in which he was living considered pretty revolutionary?

Question 8 8. How did J. R. R. Tolkien influence Beowulf scholarship?

Question 9 9. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, when the three friends in 'The Pardoner's Tale' go looking for Death under a tree, what do they find instead?

Question 10 10. Who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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Question 11 11. 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 12 12. A fabliau is a comic genre characterized by which of the following?

Question 13 13. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, how does Chauntecleer escape from the fox?

Question 14 14. Why do scholars believe that The Canterbury Tales are likely unfinished?

Question 15 15. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, Chauntecleer is comforted after a bad dream by his favorite wife, _____.

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Question 16 16. In The Knight's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, who ends up getting married?

Question 17 17. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the name of the protagonist rooster, Chauntecleer, means what?

Question 18 18. In 'The Prioress's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, after being killed, the little boy miraculously keeps singing a hymn in praise of whom?

Question 19 19. In The Miller's Tale of 'The Canterbury Tales', when Absalon arrives at the window to ask for a kiss, Alisoun presents her _____.

Question 20 20. In the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, the prioress affects the manners of a _____.

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Question 21 21. Caedmon's Hymn is the earliest recorded poem in Old English. What about its authorship makes it unique?

Question 22 22. What is a caesura?

Question 23 23.

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 24 24. 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 25 25. Why is 'The Prioress's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales notable?

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Question 26 26. What does This Nicholas anon leet fle a fart mean?

Question 27 27. Which of the following BEST explains the frame narrative of The Canterbury Tales presented in the General Prologue?

Question 28 28. What is the moral of 'The Pardoner's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

Question 29 29. In which year did Chaucer die?

Question 30 30. 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?

Old and Middle English Literature: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

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