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


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The Summoner depicts friars as being long-winded and having _____.

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1. In the Summoner's tale, besides asking for a lot of food at Thomas's house, the friar also _____.

2. One of the strategies that the Summoner uses to underscore the hypocrisy of the friar in his tale is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate what you know about The Summoner's Tale in The Canterbury Tales with this quiz and worksheet combo. With this resource, you will revisit what this story is about and main characters in it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The focus of this quiz and worksheet is to review your understanding of:

  • How the Summoner depicts friars
  • What the friar does at the Thomas's house
  • The Summoner's strategy to underscore the hypocrisy of the friar
  • What the friar is implying when he asks Thomas the value of a farthing divided

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of what the Summoner says about friars to answer a question about it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret what the Summoner does in his tale to underscore the hypocrisy of the friar
  • Making connections - use understanding of biased views and how it should impact what we take from the story

Additional Learning

You can examine this topic in more detail with the lesson, The Summoner's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis. This lesson gives you an in-depth look at:

  • The story that is told before this tale
  • What the friar suggests about Thomas's illness
  • What Thomas offers the friar
  • How the friar speaks to people
  • Characteristics we see in the friar in this story