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


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How does the Pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales relate to the other pilgrims in his Prologue?

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1. The main purpose of the Pardoner's Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is to persuade the other pilgrims to buy his merchandise. Which of the following terms means ''the art of persuasion''?

2. What happens to the three rioters in The Pardoner's Tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check your understanding of 'The Pardoner's Tale', including the classification of the story and the symbolic meaning of death. This multiple-choice quiz and worksheet is scored automatically and can be taken multiple times.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test you on the following aspects of 'The Pardoner's Tale':

  • How the Pardoner relates to other pilgrims in his Prologue
  • Term for 'the art of persuasion'
  • What happens to the three rioters
  • Symbolic meaning of death in the story
  • Classification of the story

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about 'The Pardoner's Tale'
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the symbolic meaning of death in the story and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding 'the art of persuasion'

Additional Learning

You can learn even more about this subject by reviewing the lesson titled 'The Pardoner's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis. Here are examples of what's in this lesson:

  • Themes in 'The Pardoner's Tale'
  • The Pardoner's chief character trait
  • Meaning of 'parable'