The Manciple's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary


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In the prologue, or the beginning of the Manciple's tale in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Manciple criticizes the Cook. What is a manciple?

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1. As the Manicple begins his story in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, he introduces Phoebus and his wonderful life. What is the Greek name by which Phoebus is more commonly known?

2. In The Canterbury Tales, the Manciple mentions Phoebus' pet crow. What is so special about this bird?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet evaluates what you know about The Manciple's Tale in The Canterbury Tales. You'll check your understanding of who the Manciple is and the focus of his story in Chaucer's work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet offers a chance to assess what you know about:

  • What a manciple is
  • What Phoebus is more commonly known as
  • How Phoebus' pet crow is special
  • The elements that indicate the tale is a fable

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out how Phoebus' pet crow is special from what you read
  • Information recall - see if you remember the elements that indicate this tale is a fable
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and are able to correctly interpret information about the moral of The Manciple's Tale, according to the Manciple

Additional Learning

You will find an extensive explanation of this topic in the lesson, The Manciple's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. This lesson discusses more about:

  • What the Manciple does to the Cook and why the group recommends he make amends
  • What Phoebus' wife does in the story
  • How the bird is transformed
  • Aspects that stand out in this story as opposed to the other stories told