The Wife of Bath's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis


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The Wife of Bath has had five husbands, and is ready for _____.

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1. In the 14th century, every part of European culture revolved around the leadership of the _____.

2. The answer to the question of what women truly desire most is told to the knight by _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Examine what you know about The Wife of Bath's Tale in The Canterbury Tales with this quiz and worksheet combo. This resource assesses your knowledge of who the story is about and the ideal woman in Chaucer's day.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to check what you remember about:

  • What the Wife of Bath is ready for
  • Whose leadership European culture revolved around in the 14th century
  • Who tells the knight what women truly desire
  • What Alisoun and the woman in her tale desire most

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Wife of Bath and what she says she's ready for to answer a question about it
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to draw out who tells the knight what women truly desire from what you read
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and are able to correctly interpret the roles women were supposed to fulfill in Chaucer's day

Additional Learning

There is an extensive review of this topic in the lesson, The Wife of Bath's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Theme & Analysis. This lesson covers more detail about:

  • Characteristics of the Wife of Bath
  • The Wife of Bath's views on sex
  • The setting of her tale
  • What happens when the knight kisses the old hag
  • Where nobility comes from, according to the story