Explanatory Notes to The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
A Check List)

Here is yet another (the last) self-test (or check list) of your reading of the Explantory Notes. As usual, jot down a brief definition of each of the following terms; then check your answers against the notes given in parentheses at the end of each entry.

1)      St, Jerome (Expl. Notes, p. 391)

2)      Theophrastus (Expl. Notes, p. 391, III.671)

3)      La Vieille (The Duenna) (Expl. Notes, p. 391)

4)      chaste widowhood (III.46)

5)      Lameth (III.64-56)

6)      marital debt (III.129-30, 152-60, 198)

7)      Dunmow flitch (III.218)

8)      cow (chough) (III.232)

9)      the "domestic our" (III.311)

10)      Argus (III.357-60)

11)      Lente (III.543-49)

12)      astrological determinism (III.615)

13)      book of wikked wyves (III.669-75)

14)      Widow of Epheseus (III.765-68)

15)      Gower's Tale of Florent (p. 399)

16)      incubus (III.880)

17)      gentillesse (III.1109)

18)      Midas (III.951-82)

You should get about eighty percent of these (fourteen or so); if you do not, look again through the Explanatory Notes to the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.

This is the last of the Check Lists for the Explanatory Notes; it is assumed that by now you have developed a pattern of study that will stand you in good stead in the next stage in your reading of The Canterbury Tales.

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