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In the prologue, what is Chaucers main objective?
To set the story up and explain how all the different characters met in the inn
Why are the pilgrims traveling to Canterbury?
to set forth on a pilgrimage to the Tabard, in England.
Why do the pilgrims agree to tell tales during the journey?
To pass the time and make it somewhat enjoyable
how do you know that the cooks dishes may not be quite as appetizing as might be hoped?
When Chaucer mentions that the cook has a large festering sore
Who is the wife of bath?
Bath is an English town on the Avon River, not the name of this woman's husband. Though she is a seamstress by occupation, she seems to be a professional wife. She has been married five times and had many other affairs in her youth, making her well practiced in the art of love. She presents herself as someone who loves marriage and sex, but, from what we see of her, she also takes pleasure in rich attire, talking, and arguing
Who is the character in the Canterbury tales who most resembles Chaucer himself?
The narrator is the character that most closely resembles Chaucer himself. The narrator gave Chaucer the ability to comment on each story, although it is uncertain whether the views of the narrator are Chaucer's own, or just part of the story.
In describing the individual pilgrims, with whom does Chaucer begin?
who is the unworldly student who prefers philosophy to riches?
the Oxford Cleric
Who are the haberdasher, the dyer, the carpenter, the weaver and the carpet maker?
All are well regarded, master craftsmen, high enough to grace a guild-hall, craft from the finest materials
which profession found among chaucer's pilgrims can still be found today?
What is a "pardoner"
a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences.
How does the pardoner earn money?
The Pardoner begins to con people out of their money by selling people fake relics. He told them that if they bought them God would forgive them of their sins.
describe the stories about death that the servant boy and the tavern-knave tell
why do the rioters go looking for death?
They believe that a personified concept, in this case, Death, is a real person that becomes the root cause of their undoing, so they are looking to kill "death".
in " the pardons tale", how is death portrayed?
the Pardoner portrays death as a character, symbolism, and a theme to support his sermons about sin.
how does the tale end?
All three of the rioters die from their greed.
who is the character who prevents a fight between the pardoner and the host?
what character trait does the pardoner's pious story reveal about him?
How does the pardoner treat the host?
after telling his tale, what does the pardoner offer to do for his fellow pilgrims?
The Pardoner offers to take money off of the hands of his fellow pilgrims, so they won't be tempted to relive the same fate as the rioters in his story.
the old mans comment to the three rioters that death "isnt one to hide for all your prating" is an example of what literary term?
Why is it ironic that the pardoner preaches against avarice?
This offer can be seen as ironic, since the Pardoner, in his prologue, makes it very clear that he doesn't believe his own preaching, and his sermons preach against greed only so he can profit off of his listeners.
what is ironic about the attitude that the old man has toward death?
he is looking forward to death unlike most people who avoid it
what type of irony is presented when the rioters abandon their search fro death and murder one another?
extreme greed for wealth or material gain
very bad or unpleasant.
an unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something
causing horror or disgust
one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute
unhealthy pale appearance
The Knight shows that he has truly learned his lesson when....
he tells his new wife she should decide which form she will take
The old woman's philosophical argument was about...
True and false gentility and virtue
The Wife of Bath's philosophy of marriage shows that she is ..
a strong person with a good sense of her own rights
Chaucer's characterizations of the Prioress, the monk, and others connected with the church are mainly ...
Who narrates the tale about the Knight and the old woman?
The wife of bath
a fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
skill or expertise in a particular activity or field/ bravery in battle
reprimand or censure (someone).
surrender or yield (something that one possesses).
acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division).
a qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically when used to indicate that they are suitable for something
set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility.