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


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Why is it not surprising that January accepts Placebo's advice in the merchant's tale as found in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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1. As the merchant explains during his tale from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, January is looking for a particular young woman. Why must she be closer to 20 years in age rather than closer to January's age?

2. January has a garden that is locked and private. In the merchant's tale from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, how do May and Damian gain entrance to this garden?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set quickly and effectively test your understanding of The Merchant's Tale from The Canterbury Tales. You must discuss the major events of this story and their meaning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to find out what you know about:

  • The importance of January's woman being 20 years of age
  • Who sees what is happening in the private garden
  • The way May and Damian gain entrance to January's private garden

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what makes January accept Placebo's advice so willingly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason January decides to get married
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how May and Damian are able to get into January's private garden and who sees them there

Additional Learning

For more information about this story, read the lesson titled The Merchant's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. It will make sure you understand:

  • The source of Damian's love for May
  • May and January's first night together
  • The Merchant's own experience with marriage