Explain a specific example of the dedication of the Parson to his parishioners.
EXERCISE ON THE CANTERBURY TALES PROLOGUE Open Book:
While doing this exercise use the selection The Canterbury Tales Prologue from your Prose and Poetry of England textbook including the paragraphs that introduce it and the footnotes. You also may use the “Glossary of Literature Terms” and the “Glossary of Poetic Terms” in the Course Manual as well as a dictionary and thesaurus. Any other notes or resources may not be used.
Answer in complete sentences in third person present tense using correct grammar spelling and punctuation. Brief quotes may be used as support but unless otherwise stated in the question answers should be primarily in your own words. [Copying from the Internet or plagiarism will result in a failing grade.]
Part I. identification (30 points total)
Answer each of the following in one to three detailed sentences. “Explain” below means more than just quoting or paraphrasing. Elaborate on the example in a way that makes clear how it proves the particular trait.
- Explain a specific example of the dedication of the Parson to his parishioners. (6 points)
- Explain a specific example of extravagance in the dress or behavior of the Woman of Bath. (6 points)
- Name a trait of the Knight and explain a specific example that proves it. (6 points)
- Name a trait of the Oxford Student and explain a specific example that proves it. (6 points)
- How many travelers are on the pilgrimage? To what city are they traveling? (6 points)
Part II. Character Descriptions (70 points total)
Each of Chaucer’s characters is a vivid distinct individual. Write a paragraph of at least 150 words on each of the following characters. Describe four points: at least two details about the character’s dress and appearance and at least two distinct aspects of his or her personality as exhibited by mannerisms behaviors hobbies and/or pursuits. Use brief quotes as support. Use topic and concluding sentences. A sample answer is provided on the next page.