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Pardoners Tale and Wife of Bath
Who is the Pardoner?
How does he make a living?
selling relics, preaching and begging
Why do the rioters go looking for death?
Plan to get even for the deaths of their friends
How is death portrayed in the tale (2 ways)?
The price of wickedness and a actual person
Who prevents a fight between the Pardoner and the Host?
After the Pardoner tells his tale what does he offer to do for his fellow travelers?
Sell them relics
Death "isn't one to hide for all your prating" is an example of what kind of irony?
What is ironic about the attitude that the old man has about death?
He looks for death
What is situational irony? Give an example of this in the tale.
After the rioters search for death, they murder on each other
What is the purpose of the knight's quest?
Learn what women want
11. Who gives him the quest?
What does the knight see before he sees the old woman?
More than 24 women dancing
According to the old woman, what do all women really want?
Mastery over their husbands
In exchange for giving the knight the answer, what does the old woman demand?
To marry the knight
How does the knight show that he has learned his lesson?
Asks his wife to decide what form she should take
What does the old woman argue about concerning gentility and virtue? What is her position on these issues?
They cannot be inherited
What does her attitude toward marriage show?
She is a strong person with a keen sense of her rights
What is satire? What class of people does Chaucer satirize?
Making fun of something or someone; the clergy
Who narrates the tale of the knight and the old woman?
Wife of bath
What is the difference between the narrator and the author of a work?
The narrator tells the story and the author actually created it
What is a couplet?
2 lines in succession that rhyme
Would the Wife of Bath be considered modest?
What is the function of the Prologue?
Introduce the characters
Which character in the Tales most closely resembles Chaucer?
With which character does Chaucer begin the Tales?
Which character prefers philosophy to riches?
Name some members of the skilled crafts guilds.
Haberdasher-hat maker, dyer, carpenter, weavers, and carpet-maker
Which character does Chaucer flatter most? Is this profession still in practice today?
Parson, yes (minister)
get by threats or violence
a gift left by means of a will
limited to this world; not spiritual
ability to absorb
appeals to the senses
compares varieties of people with animals and asserts that certain physical characteristics reveal one's true character
an anecdote that teaches a moral lesson
the opposite of what is expected
say one thing mean another
what happens is difeerent than what is expected
too great a desire for wealth
evidence of person's position
forgive be free of blame