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


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In the beginning of the summoner's tale as told in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a limiter goes house to house pleading for the poor. Who is a limiter?

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1. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the summoner tells his tale about a friar. What is a summoner?

2. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the summoner tells of a friar who visits a former beneficiary. What treasure does the friar find at this man's house?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Summoner's Tale in The Canterbury Tales will be the central focus of this worksheet/quiz. You'll be answering questions on who a limiter and a summoner are, among related topics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test what you know about these topics:

  • Treasure found by the friar in the summoner's story
  • Anger as a theme in the story
  • A solution to the friar's dilemma

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on a synopsis of the tale told by the summoner in The Canterbury Tales
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what a summoner is
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions on the friar's visit, his treasure and his dilemma

Additional Learning

Use the lesson called The Summoner's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary for more on these areas of study:

  • What a summons is and how it was related to the summoner
  • The limiter's role in the friar's tale
  • A disgusting joke played on the friar