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Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
The overall theme of the Wife of Bath's Tale is:
  1. money can buy all the happiness in the world
  2. do not judge the book by its cover
  3. money and happiness go hand in hand with love.
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
In the Pardoner's Tale, the Friar left one district to go to another because...
  1. the people were after him.
  2. he was punished and sentenced to death for lying.
  3. he collected money from the parishioners once he drained the district's money.
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
The Nun's Priest's Tale is a fable. This means it features                                                                                               
  1. animals sacrificed for human greed
  2. characters and situations that defy the laws of physics, like an early form of science fiction
  3. talking animals and moral lessons
  4. unrepentant sinners and a judgmental God
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales

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In her prologue, the Wife of Bath says that...
  1. the Bible says she must be married, so she gets married; she is obedient to the Word of God
  2. the Bible says nothing about remarrying once your spouse dies; if anything she says the Bible commands her to get married again after the death of her spouse; therefore, she continues to get married over and over again
  3. the Bible says she must marry younger men
  4. the Bible says she is required to marry men who are rich
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
At the end of the tale, the Pardoner tries the same trick on the pilgrims that he says he uses on the people he preaches to. That trick is                                                                                                                                                                     
  1. suggesting that they are all as guilty of these sins as the three thieves in his story, and if they want absolution, they have to give him their valuables right now
  2. making the people feel guilty for not preventing murders in the story
  3. making the people feel guilty for not listening and heeding his lesson
  4. hearing their confessions and then taking money out of their purses while they prayed
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
In the Friar's tale, what is the duties of the archdeacon?
  1. To gain control and money from all his people
  2. To love and serve one person only
  3. To go a severely punish the people who have not paid the church
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
The Wife's Tale                                                               
  1. turns Arthurian conventions and the Chivalric Code upside down
  2. shows the aristocracy as capable of violence and rape
  3. puts legal and magical power in the hands of women
  4. all of the above
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
The Miller tells his tale in order to                                                
  1. prove to the Knight that they are equals
  2. prove to the narrator that he is not illiterate
  3. to gross out the women on the pilgrimage
  4. present a direct foil to the Knight's Tale
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales

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In her life story, the Wife of Bath claims to have been married                                                          
  1. five times, the first time when she was only 12 years old
  2. to the same man for the last 30 years
  3. secretly to a priest
  4. to both commoners and knights
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
Grade 10 The Canterbury Tales
The introduction to the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale claims that her story is                                                                                               
  1. primarily a debate about the legitimacy of marriage
  2. primarily a debate about the existence of God
  3. primarily a debate with the clergy and the whole body of "authority" that seeks to silence her
  4. primarily a debate about the merits of the lower classes
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