The Merchant's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis


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In 'The Canterbury Tales', The Merchant's Tale is likely based on his own bad experience with _____.

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1. The old knight in the Merchant's story is appropriately named _____.

2. January's attendant Damian takes to his bed because he is so _____ with the young girl May.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Questions on this quiz and worksheet will check your knowledge of the plot of The Merchant's Tale. You must also know what influenced this tale.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions focus on:

  • Which group of people the Merchant is a reminder of in Chaucer's time
  • Why Damian takes to his bed
  • What the Merchant's Tale is likely based on

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the old knight's name in the Merchant's story
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on The Canterbury Tales
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify what entities from Classic Civilization intervene in the human story told by the Merchant

Additional Learning

Learn more about Chaucer's text by completing the lesson titled The Merchant's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis. The objectives covered include the following:

  • Review the Merchant's prologue
  • List characters in the tale
  • Know the motifs in the tale