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


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When the wealthy merchant's wife needs money, she asks _____.

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1. Sir John offers the merchant's wife the money she requested, which he gets from _____.

2. 'The Shipman's Tale' is a fabliau, because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet assesses what you remember about 'The Shipman's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You'll review what you read about the characters and themes in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to focus on what you know about:

  • Who the wealthy merchant's wife asks for money
  • Where the character(s) get the requested money for the merchant's wife
  • What characterizes a fabliau
  • The power at play in this story

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and are able to correctly interpret why 'The Shipman's Tale' is a fabliau
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the power play in this story to answer a question about it
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out what Sir John tells the merchant after his trip

Additional Learning

If you would like to review this topic in more detail, you can find an in-depth look in the lesson 'The Shipman's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis. This lesson offers additional information about:

  • Sir John's relationship to the merchant and his wife
  • How the wife offers to pay the merchant
  • The winner of the story
  • The different powers each character uses