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Old and Middle English Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is the defining feature of alliterative verse?

Question 2 2. Who is known as the 'father' of English?

Question 3 3. How does the epic poem Beowulf end?

Question 4 4. What event signaled the beginning of the Middle Ages in England?

Question 5 5. 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?

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Question 6 6. What is the moral of 'The Nun's Priest's Tale?'

Question 7 7. 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 8 8. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, Chauntecleer is comforted after a bad dream by his favorite wife, _____.

Question 9 9. True or False: We don't know who wrote the famous epic poem Beowulf?

Question 10 10. What does This Nicholas anon leet fle a fart mean?

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Question 11 11. What is the moral of 'The Pardoner's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

Question 12 12. In 'The Miller's Tale,' what does Nicholas convince John is going to happen?

Question 13 13. What is a caesura?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15. In The Knight's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, who ends up getting married?

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Question 16 16. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, how do Chauntecleer and the fox's actions depict the moral of the story -- Don't trust a flatterer?

Question 17 17. In 'The Pardoner's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, two of the friends send the third to town for supplies and plot to kill him when he returns, in order to increase their share of the prize. How does the third friend plan to kill the other two?

Question 18 18. In the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, the prioress affects the manners of a _____.

Question 19 19. Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale' and 'Wife Of Bath's Tale' tell two very different stories in what genre?

Question 20 20. A medieval chivalric romance is closest to which modern genre, and why?

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Question 21 21. A fabliau is a comic genre characterized by which of the following?

Question 22 22. How is the The Wife of Bath's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales considered to have feminist elements?

Question 23 23. Why is 'The Prioress's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales notable?

Question 24 24. Who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

Question 25 25. What is the personality flaw that the characters in 'The Pardoner's Tale' have?

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Question 26 26.

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 27 27. What is 'The Prioress's Tale' most known for?

Question 28 28. 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 29 29. What is the oldest poem recorded in English?

Question 30 30. Beowulf, like many poems in Old English, was written in what way?

Old and Middle English Literature Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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