The Manciple in The Canterbury Tales: Physical Description & Personality


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What do we learn about the physical appearance of the Manciple in The Canterbury Tales from the Ellesmere manuscript illustration of him?

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1. Which of the following supports the idea that the Manciple in The Canterbury Tales doesn't make a fool of himself in public?

2. In The Canterbury Tales, the Host hints that the Manciple possesses which character traits when he tells him not to mock the Cook?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is an assessment of your knowledge about the Manciple from The Canterbury Tales. You can check what you remember about this character's physical appearance and characteristics we learn about him in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet evaluates what you read about:

  • What we learn from the Ellesmere manuscript about the Manciple's physical appearance
  • Examples that support that the Manciple doesn't make a fool of himself in public
  • The Manciple's character trait the Host hints at when he tells the Manciple not to mock the Cook
  • What we gather about the Manciple's personality from his tale about being the bearer of bad news

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of what the Ellesmere manuscript illustration shows about the Manciple's appearance to answer a question about it
  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, ensure you can pick out what the Host tells the Manciple after he mocks the Cook
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret information about how to sum up the Manciple's personality from what we learn about him in the story

Additional Learning

You will find a comprehensive overview of this character in the provided lesson, The Manciple in The Canterbury Tales: Physical Description & Personality. This lesson gives you a deeper look at:

  • A manciple's responsibilities
  • What the Ellesmere manuscript is
  • What the Manciple calls himself
  • The morals of the Manciple's story
  • What the Manciple is concerned with