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Canterbury Tales, PROLOGUE

Chaucer uses the pilgrimage primarily as a device to...
Frame the stories told by individual characters.
The narrator is portrayed as...
Naive and observant.
The narrator says he plans to "give account of all their words and dealings, / Using their very phrases as they fell." For which kind of characterization would an author provide such details?
Indirect characterization.
Which best describes Chaucer's attitude towards the Nun?
Amused and tolerance.
Best summarizes the meaning of the following passage...

He was an easy man in penance-giving / Where he could hope to make a decent living; / It's a sure sign whenever gifts are given / To a poor Order that a man's well shriven, / And should he give enough he knew in verity / The penitent repented in sincerity.
He gave out easy penances and absolution in exchange for gifts wherever he thought he could get gifts out of the confessors. He knew that if he exacted a large enough price for the sin that the penitent person would truly feel sorry for what he'd done. In fact, whenever a poor group of friars receives gifts tou can be sure that someone has just received absolution for his sins.
What can the reader infer about the Friar from these lines?

But anywhere a profit might accrue / Courteous he was and lowly of service too.
He will use people for money.
Chaucer describes the Pardoner's hair as "rat-tails" primarily to...
Imply moral corruption.
What do the following lines suggest about the woman from Bath?

In all the parish not a dane dared stir / Towards the altar steps in front of her
She is selfish and arrogant.
Chaucer calls the Franklin's girdle "white as morning milk" to...
reiterate the Franklin's obsession with food.
Best summarizes the meaning of the following passage...

Whatever money from his friends he took / He spent on learning or another book / And prayed for them most earnestly, returning / Thanks to them thus for paying for his learning.
Whatever money he borrowed from his friends he spent on his studies and books and then prayed earnestly for his friends as a way of giving them thanks.
The following is not an example of direct characterization...
"Children were afraid when he appeared."
By positioning his description of the Miller almost immediately after that of the Plowman, Chaucer accentuates...
The virtues of the Plowman as well as the buffoonishness and criminality of the Miller.
What theme does Chaucer convey in the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales?
The infinite variety of human nature.
In standing by to carve meat for his father at the table, the young Squire is showing himself to be...
This noble example to his sheep he gave, / First following the word before he taught it, / And it was from the gospel he had caught it.
Past perfect tense.
He lisped a little out of wantonness / To make his English sweet upon his tongue. / When he had played his harp, or having sung, / His eyes would twinkle in his head as bright / As any star upon a frosty night.
Past perfect.
Which word or phrase is most nearly the same in meaning as avouches?
Asserts positively.