The Physician's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis


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Virginia is beheaded by _____

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1. Virginius is ordered to bring Virginia to Appius, because Claudius claimed that _____

2. 'The Physician's Tale' contains many allusions to an earlier moral allegory, called The Rape of _____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'The Physician's Tale' is one of outraged virtue and violent death, and Chaucer tells it vividly. On this quiz and worksheet, you will answer questions about what happens to Virginia, which earlier moral allegory the narrator alludes to and what the moral of the tale is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer test questions on:

  • Why Virginius is told to bring Virginia to Appius
  • Who beheads her
  • What women are celebrated for in moral allegories

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about another moral allegory that the Physician refers to as he tells his tale
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which of the characters must kill Virginia
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of 'The Physician's Tale' to identify the moral of the story

Additional Learning

If you'd like to know more, the lesson titled 'The Physician's Tale' in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis explores this tragic story in greater detail. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the idea that the story deals more with men's suffering than with Virginia's
  • Explain what a moral allegory is
  • Tell what Claudius does for a living