The Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

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Which of the following quotes from The Canterbury Tales draws attention to the artificiality of the Prioress' piety?

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1. In the Prioress' Prologue, in The Canterbury Tales, how does the Prioress perform humility?

2. In The Canterbury Tales, how does Madame Eglantine break the rules for monastic behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet addresses your understanding of who the Nun is in The Canterbury Tales. You'll check your knowledge of what tale she tells and how she is characterized in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The purpose of this quiz/worksheet is revisiting what you read about:

  • Lines from this work that draw attention to the artificial piety of the Prioress
  • The humility the Prioress performs in the Prioress' Prologue
  • How Madame Eglantine breaks the rules for monastic behavior
  • What the passage, 'O cursed folk of Herodes al newe, / What may youre yvel entente yow availle', refers to

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the Prioress' humility in her prologue to answer a question about it
  • Information recall - see if you can remember how Madame Eglantine breaks the rule for monastic behavior
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out quotes that show the Prioress' emphasis on ideal religious character from what you read

Additional Learning

You can continue reviewing about this topic in the lesson, The Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales. In this lesson, you'll find more information about:

  • What it means to be a prioress
  • The type of story the Prioress tells
  • What the story illustrates about Madame Eglantine
  • How the Nun shows very little self-awareness
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