The Nun's Priest in The Canterbury Tales


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At the conclusion of 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the priest receives quite a bit of praise for his tale. Why?

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1. The old widow in 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales lives in near poverty. With whom does the priest contrast the widow to demonstrate economic disparity?

2. When Pertelote and Chanticleer discuss dream analysis in 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' as found in The Canterbury Tales, which two notable Roman orators do they use to support their claims?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is designed to assess what you remember about 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You'll check your understanding of what happens in this tale and why it is praised.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet revisits what you read about:

  • Why the Priest receives so much praise for his tale
  • Who is used in the story to contrast the old widow
  • The two Roman orators Pertelote and Chanticleer discuss
  • How the fox captures Chanticleer

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out who is used to contrast the old widow from what you read in this tale
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to interpret how the fox is able to catch Chanticleer
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to answer a question about stories that use animals in place of humans

Additional Learning

There is a full overview of this topic in the lesson, 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. This lesson offers a deeper look at:

  • Physical characteristics of the Priest
  • Chanticleer's dream
  • What anthropomorphic representations are
  • How Chanticleer breaks free
  • The moral of the story