Melibee in The Canterbury Tales


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Chaucer himself appears in The Canterbury Tales to tell The Tale of Melibee. His story is about a man named Melibee and his desire for vengeance, but it also addresses another theme. What is this theme?

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1. Melibee seeks advice from a large number of people on what he should do about the attacks on his family. Which group - surprisingly - suggests that 'war is a cure for vengeance'?

2. Prudence argues with her husband Melibee at length. After much discussion, what course of action does Prudence convince her husband to take?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to discover what you know about Melibee in The Canterbury Tales. You'll be tested on various topics like the themes of the story and a group of people Melibee goes to for advice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these areas:

  • What Prudence convinces her husband to do
  • The meaning of Prudence's name
  • Action Prudence takes after discussions with Melibee

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Melibee in The Canterbury Tales
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theme of the story other than vengeance
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Prudence's actions with regard to Melibee and what her name means

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson called Melibee in The Canterbury Tales for more on these aspects of the story:

  • Why Melibee seeks retribution
  • How the elders advise Melibee
  • Melibee calling together a council of men to forgive rather than start a war