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The Wife of Bath's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary

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In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath provides a prologue to her tale. What does she discuss?

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1. In The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath makes a point in her prologue to discuss marriage. What is her primary concern regarding marriage?

2. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath makes particular mention of an incident with her fifth husband. Why is the resolution to this conflict important to her tale?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath doesn't just jump right into her story when her turn comes. On this worksheet and quiz, you will answer questions on what she talks about first, her biggest issue concerning marriage and some important points in her story when she does tell it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz test you on:

  • Which topics she discusses before beginning her tale
  • How the resolution of a conflict with her husband impacts her story
  • What the knight's search reveals as women's primary desire

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about how the knight answers when the old woman gives him a choice
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the Wife of Bath's prologue to explain why the way she and her husband solved their issue is important to her tale
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge gained from your reading of the Wife of Bath's prologue to identify her main concern about marriage

Additional Learning

The Wife of Bath is a woman who knows what she's talking about. For a closer look at her, check out the lesson titled The Wife of Bath's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. The lesson will help you learn how to:

  • Explain how the Wife of Bath uses Solomon's example to support her viewpoint
  • Discuss the premise that if God doesn't have a problem with a widow remarrying, then men shouldn't either
  • Describe how the sin Jesus rebukes in the woman at the well relates to the Wife of Bath's opinions on men and women
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