The Franklin in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Characterization


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In The Canterbury Tales, what does the General Prologue tell us about the Franklin's physical appearance?

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1. We know that the Franklin in 'The Canterbury Tales' is a wealthy member of the medieval middle class. Which aspect of his wealth does the narrator in the General Prologue choose to highlight most?

2. In The Canterbury Tales, the General Prologue says of the Franklin that ''there was nowhere such a worthy vavasor.'' What does this mean or suggest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to make sure you know about the Franklin from The Canterbury Tales. You will discuss his appearance and personality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of quiz and worksheet questions you'll assess your knowledge of:

  • The Franklin's physical appearance
  • Conclusions that can be reached about the Franklin from quotes about him
  • The comparison of the Franklin to St. Julian the Hospitalier

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the reason the narrator compared the Franklin to St. Julian the Hospitalier
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the descriptions of the Franklin's honor and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the aspect of the Franklin's wealth that is most emphasized

Additional Learning

For more information about this character, read the lesson titled The Franklin in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Characterization. You will learn about:

  • The depiction of the Franklin in the Ellesmere manuscript
  • Moderate views expressed by The Franklin's Tale
  • Comparisons between the Franklin and the Miller or the Shipman