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


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What does the Prioress do in the prologue to her story?

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1. Where does the Prioress's story take place?

2. Which of the following is true about the boy who is killed in the Prioress's tale?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet as an assessment of your understanding of 'The Prioress's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You'll review what you know about the Prioress and what her story is about.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focuses on what you know about:

  • What the Prioress does in the prologue to her story
  • Where the Prioress's story takes place
  • The boy who is killed in the tale
  • The place the murderer dumps the young boy's body

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to answer questions about important details from the story
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and correctly interpreted where the murderer dumps the boy's body in the Prioress's story
  • Reading comprehension -from what you read, ensure you are able to pick out what the Virgin Mary puts on the boy's tongue so he can speak after he is killed

Additional Learning

You will find a more extensive review of this topic in the lesson, 'The Prioress's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. This lesson offers additional insight about:

  • Who the Prioress is in the story
  • What the boy vows to learn
  • The people's reactions to the boy's singing in the Jewish quarter
  • What Jesus tells the mother to do
  • How the Prioress closes her story