The Man of Law's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary


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In 'The Man of Law's Tale', why does the Sultan's mother kill her son?

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1. Why is Constance blamed for Hermengild's death in 'The Man of Law's Tale'?

2. In 'The Man of Law's Tale', what happens to the knight who framed Constance for murder?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet addresses your understanding of the main characters and the plot of 'The Man of Law's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You'll check that you know about the murder in the story and who is blamed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet ensures you know:

  • Why the Sultan's mother kills her son
  • The reason that Constance is blamed for Hermengild's death
  • What happens to the knight who frames Constance
  • The thing that happens to the man who tries to rape Constance

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember why the Sultan's mother kills her son
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and can correctly interpret what happens to the man that tries to rape Constance
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you understand why Alla realizes Constance is in Rome

Additional Learning

If you wish to find a more in-depth account of this topic, you can find it in the lesson, 'The Man of Law's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. This lesson provides more insight into:

  • How the Man of Law tells his story
  • Describing Constance
  • What happens at Constance's wedding to the Sultan
  • Who kills Hermengild
  • Constance's husband