The Summoner in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Character Analysis


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As described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Summoner's face is covered in carbuncles. What are carbuncles?

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1. The physical appearance of the Summoner, as described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, is hindered by another factor besides carbuncles. What is it?

2. The job of a Summoner is to inform people of their moral transgressions and enforce the associating penalties. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, besides bribes, how else is the Summoner encouraged to look the other way?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to find out what you know about the Summoner from The Canterbury Tales. You will be quizzed on his physical appearance and personality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions, you'll make sure you understand:

  • The physical appearance of the Summoner
  • Different ways the Summoner is encouraged to look the other way on his duties
  • The reason for the corrupt reputation of summoners

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as carbuncles
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the physical flaws of the Summoner
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the many ways the Summoner has abused his power

Additional Learning

You can find out more about this character by reading the lesson titled The Summoner in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Character Analysis. Concepts covered will include:

  • The Summoner's words when drunk
  • Conflict between the Summoner and the Friar
  • The Summoner's tale