The Canterbury Tales Literary Context Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The word that refers to the language that the majority of people in a particular area speak is _____.

Question 2 2. The form of humor that Geoffrey Chaucer uses to criticize and make fun of people, especially rich and powerful people, is called _____.

Question 3 3. How is The Canterbury Tales a frame narrative?

Question 4 4. Why are each of the travelers telling a story in The Canterbury Tales?

Question 5 5. What occasion brings 31 people of many different social classes, occupations, and backgrounds together in one place?

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Question 6 6. What is a framing story?

Question 7 7. In Geoffrey Chaucer's story The Canterbury Tales, what is a frame story?

Question 8 8. What is a genre?

Question 9 9. In The Canterbury Tales, which two sections are written in prose as opposed to verse?

Question 10 10. In The Canterbury Tales, what are two features that distinguish verse from prose?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following best describes the meaning of the word vernacular?

Question 12 12. Which of the following is a significant fact about Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

Question 13 13. How many stories did Chaucer originally plan to write for The Canterbury Tales?

Question 14 14. Because of its unfinished nature, the end of The Canterbury Tales _____.

Question 15 15. A helpful hint for deciphering Middle English is _____.

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Question 16 16.

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 17 17. What did the church make the peasants do?

Question 18 18. Why was England taxing the peasants so heavily during the time of Chaucer?

Question 19 19. How many tales did Chaucer originally intend to write?

Question 20 20. Which type of character is NOT represented in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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Question 21 21. What were jongleurs?

Question 22 22. Which of the following is NOT true about a fabliau?

Question 23 23. Chaucer focused his writing around the Criticism of Three Areas to highlight aspects of medieval society that had been corrupted. In the part of his book on social rank, a commoner challenges the knight and begins speaking prior to a monk. Why would this have mattered during that period of time?

Question 24 24. What cultural shifts in medieval society would have served as the inspiration for Chaucer to write 'Canterbury Tales'?

Question 25 25. Why are literary scholars often interested in the concept of authorial intent?

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Question 26 26.

Complete the following sentence:

Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories tied together by a prologue accredited to _____.

Question 27 27. In Canterbury Tales, which word means to be religiously dedicated something?

Question 28 28. In Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, how many pilgrims went on the journey to Canterbury?

Question 29 29. In the 14th century, in what languages did most scholars, religious figures, and poets write?

Question 30 30. Aside from vulgarity and sexual deviance, many of the tales in The Canterbury Tales focus on what?

The Canterbury Tales Literary Context Chapter Exam Instructions

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