The Canterbury Tales Secondary Characters Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What links the five guildsmen of The Canterbury Tales?

Question 2 2. Chaucer says of the Guildsmen that 'Each man of them appeared a proper burgess / To sit in guildhall on a high dais'. What was a burgess?

Question 3 3. What is the guildsmen's clothing like?

Question 4 4. The guildsmen of The Canterbury Tales are defined by their membership in guilds. Guilds were organizations providing all of the following EXCEPT:

Question 5 5. Which quality of the guildsmen does the following quote from The Canterbury Tales illustrate: 'each of them, for wisdom he could span, / Was fitted to have been an alderman'.

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Question 6 6. What is Absolon's usual physical appearance?

Question 7 7. What two behaviors does Absolon take issue with?

Question 8 8. What message does Chaucer put across through Absolon's character?

Question 9 9. What is ironic about Absolon's last kiss?

Question 10 10. With what weapon does Absolon exact his revenge?

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Question 11 11. Why does Chaucer describe the Skipper in The Canterbury Tales as wearing ''a gown of falding (coarse cloth)''?

Question 12 12. How does the Skipper in The Canterbury Tales deal with conflict, according to the description of his character?

Question 13 13. How does the Skipper in The Canterbury Tales differ from many of the other characters?

Question 14 14. When we read of the Skipper in The Canterbury Tales that ''with many a tempest had his beard been shake,'' what are we supposed to understand from this?

Question 15 15. What is one key takeaway from ''The Skipper's Tale'' in The Canterbury Tales?

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Question 16 16. What vow must Griselda make to her husband before their wedding as told in The Canterbury Tales?

Question 17 17. Which traveler in The Canterbury Tales shares the story of Griselda?

Question 18 18. In The Canterbury Tales and other folklore, Griselda is known mostly for what quality?

Question 19 19. The story of Griselda in The Canterbury Tales is an allusion to which Biblical character?

Question 20 20. Where does the tale of Griselda appear in literature before The Canterbury Tales?

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Question 21 21. The Plowman is described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as being pious. What does this mean?

Question 22 22. Several details in the text of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales indicate that the Plowman is not affluent. What is one of these examples?

Question 23 23. The Plowman is described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as a ditch digger and carrier of dung. How do these tasks assist in providing a description of this character?

Question 24 24. How can one make the assertion that the Plowman, from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, is not formally educated?

Question 25 25. The Plowman tells a tale about a religious figure, as detailed in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. About whom does the Plowman speak in his tale?

The Canterbury Tales Secondary Characters Chapter Exam Instructions

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