Allusion in The Canterbury Tales


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Which of the following best defines allusion?

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1. What does the reference to Aristotle during the description of the clerk tell the reader in The Canterbury Tales?

2. In The Canterbury Tales, when the narrator describes what the physician reads, we learn that he is interested in all of the following EXCEPT which?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This short quiz and worksheet will ask you about several examples of allusion from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. You'll be asked what allusions are and what Chaucer's allusions convey in this collection of short stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will challenge you to:

  • Define the literary term ''allusion''
  • Evaluate the reference to Aristotle from the clerk's description
  • Understand the physician's interests
  • Determine why Chaucer mentions King Solomon, Narcissus and Hercules in ''The Knight's Tale''
  • Know what John wants from Jesus, St. Benedict and St. Peter's sister in ''The Miller's Tale''

Skills Practiced

You'll apply the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding instances of allusion in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define ''allusion'' as a literary term
  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the related lesson on allusion in The Canterbury Tales

Additional Learning

Allusion in The Canterbury Tales is a related lesson that goes into more detail regarding instances of literary allusion from Chaucer's famous stories. Studying these lessons can help you:

  • Analyze several quotes and examples of allusion from The Canterbury Tales
  • Understand what allusions help readers do
  • Explain the reference to St. Augustine in the ''Prioress's Prologue''