Home Page Button Syllabus / Policies Button Composition Button Grammar Button Rhetoric Button Rhetoric Button Literature button poetry button classical button medieval button Renaissance Button Vocabulary Button


Under construction!

451 Study Questions for Chaucer's Friar's Tale

Vocabulary: fabliaux, anti-fraternal satire, mendicant orders, summoner

Useful Middle English terms: whilom (once upon a time), espiaille (spy network), degree (rank)

Lecture Questions: Why were friars and summoners and pardoners economic rivals in the Middle Ages?

Character Identifications: the Friar, the Summoner, the archdeacon, the widow, the Yeoman Devil

(From "The Prologue of the Friar's Tale," lines 1265-1300)

  • What advice does the Friar give to the Wife? (i.e., to what should she limit herself when it comes to storytelling?)
  • What advice does Harry give to the Friar before he launches his tale?
  • Why does the Summoner say its okay for the Friar to slander him in his story?

The Friar's Tale

  • What crimes does the archdeacon punish harshly?
  • To whom does the archdeacon do "the grettest wo"?
  • We read that the summoner has his "espiaille" across England. What is t his "espiaille"?
  • The summoner, we read, will release "oon or "two" lechors in order to catch what?
  • Who or what interrupts the Friar's Tale in lines 1332 and onward?


A. Me


To Home Page
Copyright Dr. L. Kip Wheeler 1998-2017. Permission is granted for non-profit, educational, and student reproduction. Last updated January 5, 2017. Contact: kwheeler@cn.edu Please e-mail corrections, suggestions, or comments to help me improve this site. Click here for credits, thanks, and additional copyright information.