Short Questions and Answers of ‘Jazz’ by Toni Morrison

What are the major themes in ‘Jazz’?

The major themes in ‘Jazz’ are youth and old age, memories, jazz music, marriage, death and isolation etc.

What is the symbolic significance of the title ‘Jazz’?

Title ‘Jazz’ is significant because the structure of the novel is on the music of ‘Jazz’ (Afro-American). Features of Jazz music is improvisational, multiple voices, repetition, historical framework and romanticism found in the structure of the novel.

Who is Dorcas?

Dorcas is a young girl living with her Aunt Alice Manfred. She has a love affair with Joe Trace but later on she loves to a young boy Acton and confronted the Joe. She was shot down by Joe Trace.

What kind of young woman is Dorcas?

Dorcas is an emotional and passionate kind of girl.

Why does Joe shoot Dorcas?

Joe shoots Dorcas
because she has love affair with Acton after Joe and she confront him.
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Different kinds of meter used in poetry

Iambic

One Unstressed/unaccented syllable followed by one stressed/accented syllable is called iambic. (x, -)

Example: the gun, that time, behold etc.

Trochaic

One Stressed/accented syllable followed by one unstressed/unaccented syllable is called Trochaic. (-, x)

Example: deadline, numbers, tell me etc.

Anapestic

Two unstressed/unaccented syllables followed by one stressed/accented syllable are called Anapestic. (x, x, -)

Example: of a voice, of the world etc.

Dactylic

One stressed/accented syllable followed by two unstressed/unaccented syllables is called Dactylic. (-, -, x)

Example: murmuring, just for a etc.

Spondaic

Spondaic consists of two stressed/accented syllables. (-,-)

Example: true blue, heartbreak etc.
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General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales Study Questions and Short Answers

Introduction: General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales study Questions and Short Answers is a collection of important University Questions of General Prologue, Character sketches, Objective Answers and Important Terms definitions.

Prologue to the Canterbury Tales General Questions and Short Answers

Why Chaucer is called the father of English Poetry?

Chaucer was the first who had written poetry in English language. Before Chaucer there were different dialects but Chaucer used one and gave it worth and made it a language.

What is Chaucer’s contribution to English Literature?

Chaucer found English a dialect and left it a language. He gave the new shape to verse and rise to drama. He is also called the grandfather of English novel.

Which dialect did Chaucer use for his poetry?

In Europe four prominent dialects were used Southern, Northern, Midland and Kentish but he used the East Midland dialect in his poetry.

Who wrote the Canterbury Tales?

Canterbury Tales was written by the father of English poetry Geoffrey Chaucer.

When was the Canterbury Tales written?

Canterbury Tales was written between 1387 and 1400 AD.

When was Canterbury Tales published first?

Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer was published in 1400 AD.

Important University Questions and Objective Answers of Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Why are the showers of April sweet?

In Europe the month of April is pleasant and beginning of spring season. So, the poet says it the showers of April sweet.

Name some important characters in ‘The Prologue’?

The important characters are the host, the village parson, the knight etc.

List the ecclesiastical characters in ‘The Prologue’?

The ecclesiastical characters are Prioress, nun, priest, Friar, monk, the village parson, the summoner and pardoner.

What are some of the places where the Knight has fought?

Knight has fought in Christendom and heathen lands, Alexandria, Prussia, Lithuania and Russia, Granada, Lyes, Attalia and Turkey.

What is the actual name of Prioress?

The actual name of Prioress is Madame Eglantine.

Do you like anything special in Chaucer’s description of the Prioress?

Chaucer specially described the manner of eating, her speaking in French and her forehead.
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