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Canterbury Tales Review

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Define iambic pentameter.
Rhymed poetry with 5 sets of iams in each line
True/False The poet got his idea for the Canterbury Tales from the French work Decameron.
False; it was Italian
Name the author that Chaucer stole the idea from for The Canterbury Tales.
Bocaccio
Name the work which Chaucer got his idea for the Canterbury Tales.
Decameron
In what month did the trip begin?
April
Define panteoum.
Write a four line stanza, then take the second and fourth line and make it the first and third line of the stanza. Then repeat the pattern until the last stanza, when you use the unused lines from stanza one.
Chaucer lived during the ______ ages?
middle ages
Define archetype
something that serves as a model/pattern for other things of the same type (literary stereotype)
Whose mouth was described like a "furnace door" and why?
Miller, he always told dirty jokes
Whose nose had a big wart on the end of it?
Miller
Define beast fable.
It was a story with personified animals that teach the lesson/moral.
Define feudalism.
the social system/hierarchy system of the middle ages
True/False Chaucer criticized the church of his day because it was corrupt.
True
Define blank verse.
Unrhymed iambic pentameter
Define exemplum
example or model
The year Chaucer was born
1345
Name of Cathedral that held the shrine of Thomas A Becket
Canterbury
True/False The summoner told the first story because he drew the shortest stick.
False; knight
True/False The nun told a beast fable.
False!!! Nun's Priest's
True/False The cook had an ulcer on his knee.
True
True/False Oxford Cleric found no preferment in the church but would gladly learn/teach.
True
What was the hierarchy system known as?
Feudalism, Feudal System
Define prologue
opening to story that gives you setting and background info
Define epilogue
closing to story that concludes it and ties up information
True/False The summoner loved garlic, onions, and leeks
True
What characteristic about the eyes of the monk might lead you to mistrust him?
He has shifty eyes
How did the Pardoner "make monkeys of the priests and congregation"
He was selling pardon for his own money gain
What 3 vows were the clergy supposed to adhere to?
obedience, chastity, and poverty
What was the physical ailment of the cook?
had an ulcer on his knee
True/False The destination of the pilgrimage was Canterbury.
True
What was believed about the Shrine of Becket?
it would forgive your sins or could heal you
Who was "an honest worker good and true" despite the job he had?
Plowman
What strict codes were drawn concerning a person's attire/clothing in Chaucer's day?
attire indicated your social status, the lower class wore crude and simple clothing, and the upper class work fine fabrics
Who knew "every case and crime" since the time of William the Conqueror?
Sargeant-at-law
Name Chuacer's 3 favorite pilgrims and explain why they are his favorite
Parson, Plowman, Knight; he describes them favorably because they had high moral standards and ethics and they stay true to status and professions
Who could "judge by drought and rain the yield he'd get from seed and grain"?
Reeve
How did the Doctor come up with a diagnosis for his patients?
horoscopes and stars
What was the distance to Canterbury and what modes of travel were to be used?
65 miles and walk or ride a horse
What was suggested about the Doctor and his relationship with the local apothecaries?
he was directly related to them so they could make medicines and to make money
Cite reasons other than religious renewal for why some pilgrims might be on the trip.
Some were sick and believed the shrine had healing powers; to make money by selling pardons; or for love by getting another husband
Who was a "proper forester"?
yeoman
What about the yeoman might have been somewhat impractical in his preparations for hunting?
his flashy accessories
What did the pardoner bring "hot" from Rome?
stolen pardons
What is unique about the relationship between the Parson and the Plowman?
they were brothers both in flesh and in christ
Who did Chaucer describe as "birds of a feather" and why?
pardoner and summoner because they have similar interests; crooked, drunk, stole
Name the levels of hierarchy system from highest to lowest
King
Nobles
Knights
Arch Bishop
Freemen
Yeomen
Peasants/serfs
What detail did Chaucer neglect int he description of the Parson? Why?
He never gave his physical appearance because it was insignificant or paled in comparison to his moral
Although in debt himself, he was an "expert at currency exchange"
merchant