The Second Nun in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Character Analysis


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According to the illustration of her in the Ellesmere manuscript, what do we know about the Second Nun's physical appearance?

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1. In the Ellesmere manuscript, how is the Second Nun positioned on her horse, and how is this connected to her character?

2. What do St. Cecilia and the Prioress have in common, and how might we interpret the Second Nun's association with them?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By going through the quiz and worksheet, you can see how much you understand about the role of the Second Nun in The Canterbury Tales. Her physical appearance and how she is positioned on her horse are some topics covered on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can test your understanding of:

  • How the audience knows the Second Nun is well-educated
  • The warnings offered by the Second Nun in her prologue
  • Physical appearance of the Second Nun
  • How the Second Nun rides her horse

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Second Nun from The Canterbury Tales
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the advice and warnings offered by the Second Nun during her prologue
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how St. Cecilia and the Prioress are similar and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Move through the lesson called The Second Nun in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Character Analysis, reviewing more about:

  • The illustration of the Second Nun from the Ellesmere manuscript
  • How the Second Nun is portrayed and why
  • Characteristics of St. Cecilia