The Canterbury Tales
Prologue Study Guide
1. In what month are the pilgrims traveling?
2. Who is the martyr referred to in line 17?
St. Thomas a Becket
3. Why was Canterbury considered important?
Where Thomas Becket was murdered
The Pardoners Tale
1. State the Latin them and its meaning that best describes the theme of this tale.
Radix malorum est cupiditas- Latin for Greed is the root of all evil
2. What type of tale is The Pardoners Tale?
3. Explain t
- Song or songlike poem that tells a story
- Composed of quatrains- four line stanzas
- Rhyme scheme usually abcd
- Refrain- a repeated word, phrase, line or group of lines
- Supernatural event
- Sensational subject matter
- Question/answer format
Middle Ages Literary TermS
a songlike poem that tells a story;
usually composed of four-line stanzas (quatrains)
rhyme scheme abcb
strong, simple beat
question and answer format
*ballads often make use
Things Fall Apart
How did Okonkwo become famous even beyond the nine villages of Umuofia?
By throwing the Cat in wrestling
2. What words does Achebe use to describe Unoka? What made Unoka happy?
Lazy and improvident and incapable of thinki
Unit 1: From Legend to History: The Old English and Medieval Periods
Referencing Prentice Hall Literature Timeless Voices Timeless Themes, read the following
excerpts and answer the accompanying questions.
from the Iliad, pp. 67-70
Prepare to Read, p. 36
1. What is the setting of Beowulf? (time and place, please)
2. In what language was Beowulf originally composed?
3. Name Beowulfs homeland.
4. What prob
Anglo-Saxon Unit Terminology
Referencing page 15 in Prentice Halls Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes textbook, please define the
following terms and provide examples.
1. Caesura- a pause in a line of poetry
2. Kenning- two word poetic renaming of people, p
The Seafarer and The Wifes Lament
Read Prepare to Read and make note of important information. (Here please)
Scops- traveling storytellers memorized, adapted, and passed along an oral tradition of stories
Unit 1: From Legend to History
Timeline pp. 2-3
449 _Anglo- Saxon invasion- Angles, Saxons, Jutes
Vikings aka Danes & Norsemen
731 _Bede completes A History of the English Church and People Colleciton
of Anglo-Saxon poetry. The