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The Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Social Class

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In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer includes a pardoner among his pilgrims headed to Canterbury. A pardoner was a layperson with the authority to _____.

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1. Which statement BEST describes the social class of the Pardoner, as depicted in the General Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

2. Which statement BEST describes the Pardoner's attitude toward what he does, as depicted in the General Prologue and the prologue to the Pardoner's Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales, including topics like the Pardoner's attitude and the Medieval Catholic Church's marketing of indulgences. The quiz consists of five short multiple-choice questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the following:

  • Authority of a Pardoner
  • Social class of the Pardoner
  • Irony related to the Pardoner
  • The Pardoner's attitude about what he does
  • How the Medieval Catholic Church marketed indulgences

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the social class of the Pardoner and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the authority of a Pardoner

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled The Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Social Class. This lesson can give you insight into the following:

  • How indulgences work
  • What Catholics believe about purgatory
  • The most distinctive trait of the Pardoner
  • What a 'dandy' is
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