* Why does the Miller get offended or disturbed enough to break the social order and tell the next story? Even the Host says he should wait his turn...
* How might some elements of "The Miller's Tale" be seen as a literal response to "The Knight's Tale"? Is it a satire or a lampoon?
* What role does Alison play in the tale? How might she compare with the docile and dispirited Emily from the previous tale?
* Why do you think Chaucer wrote such vulgar elements and suggestions into his story considering his audience? Would they have approved of such language?
* How does Chaucer prepare the reader/his audience for this tale? His serious or disingenuous is he being?
* Who gets satirized the most in this tale: the Carpenter, Nicholas, Absalom, or Alison? Or perhaps the Miller himself?