The Canterbury Tales Vocabulary Quiz Flashcards

Terms Definitions
asperity
harshness
tonsured
shaved
malady
illness
dirk
dagger
Sundry
Various
strands
shores
quit
repay
adversity
trouble; misfortune
the reeve
feudal
Eminent
high-standing; great
pert
adj; lively
Guile
Cunning; slyness
Excommunicated
kicked out
wight
person, thing
repine
to complain; fret
boorish
rude, crudely insensitive
amenable
open to persuasion
palmers
any religious pilgrim
Underhanded
marked by deception
sepulcher
a tomb, grave
ecclesiast
a priest or clergyman
reckoning
the act of counting
The Cook
ulcer on knee
Wane
to decrease in strength
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
churlish
having a bad disposition
man of substance
the franklin
personable
pleasing in behavior and appearance
Monk
Materialistic, corrupt. Ignores rules of order. Garnished clothing, jewelry. Fat.
motley
varying in appearance or character
abate
omit, put an end to
Knight
His son was the squire
Doctor
(pride, greed, averace) checks horiscope, believed in balance of 4 humors, knew medicine & surgery, knew causes of malady, good at astology, each doc made $ from each other when they transfered patients, loved gold, makes money off illness of others & keeps it, careful diet, blood red & get tafita clothing which was expesive, not spiritual
Overstatement
saying more than you mean
solicitous
anxious, attentive concern or protectiveness
Pardoner
claims he has valuable artifacts, locks of hair.
threefold
three times as great or many
hallow
v. to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
glib
speaking in an easy, offhand manner
contingency
something dependent of either the fulfillment of condition or chance
covetousness
extreme greed for material wealth, envy
fastidious
difficult to please, and high standards
compassion
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
Nun
...She certainly was very enteraining, Pleasant and friendly in her ways, and straining to counterfeit a courtly kind of grace, A stately bearing fitting to her place...
Franklin
large landowner with amount of wealth..not of noble birth...spent money freely, enjoying good food and wine and company..house always open...generous and well-liked.
divest
to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.:
fabliau
a short, usually coarse and comical tale
palmer
pilgrim returning from the Holy Land bringing a palm branch as a token
social commentary
writing that offers insight into society, its value, and its customs.
Pitcher of Wine
What was Chaucer's special privilege?
Absolon
He kissed her naked ass (Miller's Tale)
stature
high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement
Edifice
a large and complex structure or organization
understatement
implying the opposite by saying less than you mean to say
The Pardoner
Deceives people with fake religious relics
what time of year is it?
Spring, April
the doctor
-made diagnosis based on astronomy
-the 4 humors (dry,cold,wet,hot)
*blood(hot&wet), yellow bile(hot&dry), phlegm(cold&wet), black bile(cold&dry)
-prescribed drugs that didnt work and split $ with apothecary
-has a special love of gold
carrion
the dead and rotting body of an animal
Parson
Preached the gospel well and was a good person, was very committed to helping people and didn't let anything get in his way. Everything he does is for the good of the people. Conceit: Sheppard watching over his sheep. He is a good example of what the clergy should be doing, he isn't corrupt. Chaucer uses his own opinion and believe about the Parson and that "there is no better priest anywhere".
Indirect characterization
Occurs when a character's traits are revealed either through reader inference or other character's interactions.
Dip
part of a murder triangle and he committed two murders after his own murder
heathen
a person who does not acknowledge your God
peasant
poor farmer or laborer of low social rank; course, uneducated perso
brother of Parson, loves God, does the dirty work, has nothing to hide, honest, loyal to the church, pious, simple
Plowman
Christendom
n. That part of the world where Christianity is generally professed.
direct characterization
where an author tells the reader directly what a character is like; the miller, for example, steals
rising action 2
the three roisterers "draw straws" to see which one had to go to town to get wine and bread from the market
The thought of moral virtue filled his speech, and he would gladly learn, and gladly teach.
oxford cleric
Sovereignty; POWER
What do women most desire? (Wife of Bath's Tale)
Who is this... a lover and cadet, twenty years of age?
The Squire
Merchant
beaver hat, in debt. but does not show it.
Miller
I have my weight compared to that of stone.
friar (occupation)
make who belongs to an order and works among the faithful
loved to hunt and wore gray fur around his cloak.
the monk
Sergeant of the Law
"he knew the exact terms of all the cases and judgments occurring since the time of King William the Conqueror ..." "he could write and draw up a deed so that no man could find fault with his drafts..."good at his job, put on a show of being busy, very knowledgeable
The Nun (Prioress) has the following characteristics:
speaks French, has a simple smile, and religious
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