THE ABBOT OF CANTERBURY

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Q1.What lesson do you get from the poem “The Abbot of Canterbury”?

Ans. The Abbot Of Canterbury is an anonymous poem. The time of the poem is Medieval England, particularly the days of King. The style is entertaining even conversational. Two lessons we get from the poem, one is wisdom is not confines to the wise even an ordinary person can at times be as wise as the wisest of the land second idea is that with wit and wisdom we can defeat the might of a king. To generalize wit is more effective than brute power.

 

Q2. What three questions did king ask from Abbot?

Ans. The king actually felt that Abbot might be doing treason against him. So, the king played a trick with Abbot. He gave three questions to the Abbot which he must answer or be ready for beheading. Therefore to the first question the king asked what the worth of king in one penny was when he was having such a precious crown on his head. To the second question the king wanted to know soon could he make the journey of the whole world and in the last question the king wanted to know what the powerful man was thinking at that time.

 

Q3.What happened when the king asked his questions from Abbot?

Ans. Having heard those difficult questions Abbot got much confused. He confessed that he had no mind to answer the questions yet. So, he took three weeks time. The Abbot of Canterbury went toOxfordinCambridge, the two vital centers of learning but no doctor there could make answers to those mind boggling questions. On his way back, he met his poor shepherded who promised him to answer the questions before the king, if the Abbot allowed him to appear before the king not as the simple shepherd but as the Abbot of Canterbury. So, permission was given the poor shepherded appeared before the king and answered the questions.

 

Q4. How Abbot gave the answers of those three questions? Or what to those three questions we put before the king?

Ans. The Abbot of Canterbury went toOxfordinCambridge, the two vital centers of learning but no doctor there could make answers to those mind boggling questions. On his way back, he met his poor shepherded who promised him to answer the questions before the king, if the Abbot allowed him to appear before the king not as the simple shepherd but as the Abbot of Canterbury. So, permission was given the poor shepherded appeared before the king and answered the questions.

On the appointment time, the shepherd appeared before the king with all the answers. The king was happy that the Abbot had kept his promise and put before him all three questions. To the first question the shepherd told that our Christ was sold for thirty penny and king might be given for twenty nine as he was one penny less than the Lord. To the second question he said that if he got up with one sun rise and rode till the next sunrise, within twenty four hours he would have moved round the world. To the third question the shepherd answered, the kind was taking him as the Abbot which

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