The Canterbury Tales

the pilgrimage

Question: During which month do the pilgrims set off on this pilgrimage to Canterbury?
Answer: April

Question: How many pilgrims, excluding the narrator, are gathered at the beginning of "The Prologue"?
Answer: 29

Question: What is the name of the inn in which the pilgrims are gathered?
Answer: The Tabard

Question: Where is the inn located?
Answer: Southwark

Question: Whose shrine are the pilgrims preparing to visit?
Answer: St. Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170

knight - skipper

Question: Which pilgrim sings prayers "with a fine intoning of her nose"?
Answer: the nun

Question: Which upper-class pilgrim wore flowers, recited poetry, and stayed out all night?
Answer: the squire

Question: Which popular member of the clergy lisped to sweeten his voice, especially in front of the ladies?
Answer: the friar

Question: Which white-bearded, cheerful pilgrim was called "Epicurus' very son"?
Answer: the franklin

Question: Which pilgrim would rather be out in the world than in his cloister?
Answer: the monk

doctor- host

Question: Which pilgrim sold false religious relics to rural folk?
Answer: the pardoner

Question: Which garlic-breathed pilgrim yelled phrases of Latin when intoxicated?
Answer: the summoner

Question: Who volunteers to judge the story contest?
Answer: the host

Question: Which pilgrim closely watches the market to get the best deals on food and drink for his masters?
Answer: the manciple

Question: Which pilgrim was feared like the plague by his inferiors?
Answer: the reeve

The Pardoner's Tale

Question: What were the rioters doing long before the morning bell?
Answer: drinking in a tavern

Question: Where does the old man say he last saw Death?
Answer: under a tree

Question: Translate the Latin "Radix malorum est cupiditas" into English.
Answer: "Greed is the root of all evil."

Question: When the youngest rioter draws the lot to fetch food and drink, he decides to also visit an ____.
Answer: apothecary

Question: In what way is "The Pardoner's Tale" ironic?
Answer: In the beginning, the rioters foolishly set out to kill Death, which is ironic in itself. At the end of the story, the rioters actually die, which is ironic because a) they were supposed to be the ones doing the killing and b) they were shown the way to Death by the old man (who might symbolize death).

The Wife of Bath's Tale

Question: "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in itself is an example of a story within a story, or a ____
Answer: frame tale (frame story)

Question: What crime does the knight commit?
Answer: he rapes a maiden

Question: According to the old wife, what is the thing that women most desire?
Answer: the self-same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover (equality in marriage)

Question: According to the old wife, the fact that she's poor is actually a virtue, since poverty brings one closer to ____
Answer: God (or Christ)

Question: At the end of her tale, the wife of Bath requests that the Lord send women "husbands meek and young and fresh in bed" who can be "governed by their wives". What does she wish upon those old, stingy misers who don't grant their wives any authority?
Answer: death (she says "God send them soon a very pestilence")