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


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In 'The Pardoner's Tale,' why did the young rioters go in search of Death?

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1. What do the three men find under the tree in 'The Pardoner's Tale'?

2. In 'The Pardoner's Tale,' what do the two older rioters send the youngest to town to get?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet help you find out what you remember about 'The Pardoner's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You will be asked to discuss the plot and characters of this story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these quiz questions to make sure you understand:

  • The reason the rioters were searching for Death
  • How the older two rioters die
  • The root of all evil, according to the Pardoner

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about why the rioters were searching for Death
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the rioters find under the tree while searching for Death
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the two older rioters tell the youngest to get from town

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about this tale, read the lesson titled 'The Pardoner's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. It will help you understand:

  • What a pardoner does
  • Harry Bailey's reaction to this story
  • The most important thing in the world to the Pardoner