The Second Nun's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary


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In The Canterbury Tales, what does the Second Nun communicate in her prologue, and how does she preface her story?

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1. Which of the following characters are still alive at the end of the Second Nun's tale?

2. In ''The Second Nun's Tale,'' who is guarding Cecilia's virginity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet focus on what you know about 'The Second Nun's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales. You'll check your understanding of what she prefaces the story with and what the tale is about.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focuses on what you know about:

  • What the Second Nun communicates in her prologue
  • The characters that are still alive at the end of the story
  • The guardian of Cecelia's virginity
  • How the culture at the time impacted the story

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of who guards Cecelia's virginity in the Second Nun's story
  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, ensure you are able to pick out who lives at the end of this tale
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret the Christian virtues praised in this tale

Additional Learning

You will find an extensive explanation of this topic in the provided lesson, 'The Second Nun's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. This lesson highlights more detail about:

  • Who St. Cecelia is
  • What the angel looks like
  • Valerian's wish
  • What happens to Cecelia