The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables


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Why is 'The Prioress's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales notable?

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1. In 'The Prioress's Tale' in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, after being killed, the little boy miraculously keeps singing a hymn in praise of whom?

2. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, when the three friends in 'The Pardoner's Tale' go looking for Death under a tree, what do they find instead?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'The Prioress's Tale' and 'The Pardoner's Tale' are stories within Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales', and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the plot, characters and themes of the stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The reason that The Prioress's Tale is notable
  • 'The person whom the little boy keeps singing in praise of even after he dies
  • 'What the three friends find when they look under a tree for Death
  • The moral of 'The Pardoner's Tale'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from 'The Prioress's Tale' and 'The Pardoner's Tale'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the moral of 'The Pardoner's Tale'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the person to whom the little boy sings a hymn of praise after his death

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson, The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the story of 'The Canterbury Tales'
  • Understand the themes of 'The Prioress's Tale' and 'The Pardoner's Tale'
  • Know the context of these two tales