Characterization in The Canterbury Tales: Indirect & Direct


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Although Chaucer occasionally tells us about his characters using direct characterization, the reader can still not be certain these descriptions are true, because _____.

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1. In The Canterbury Tales, we are told that the Canon is dressed in worn-out clothes, which _____.

2. In The Canterbury Tales, the Friar and the Summoner tell tales about each other that _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet focuses on your knowledge of how the pilgrims are characterized in The Canterbury Tales. You'll review important characterizations and how the reader is to interpret those in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intention for this quiz and worksheet is to address your understanding of:

  • The reason the reader can't be sure the character descriptions are true
  • What is significant about the Canon being dressed in worn-out clothes
  • Characteristics of the tales the Friar and the Summoner tell
  • The importance of the Monk wearing a gold chain

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, ensure you are able to draw out why it's important that the Canon is described as being dressed in worn-out clothes
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about the Monk to answer questions about how he is characterized in the story
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret uses of direct and indirect characterization in The Canterbury Tales

Additional Learning

There is a full overview of this topic provided in the lesson Characterization in The Canterbury Tales: Indirect & Direct. In this lesson, you will find further detail about:

  • Comparing direct and indirect characterization
  • What the Yeoman's story says of the Canon
  • How the Friar and the Summoner characterize each other in their stories
  • Examples of indirect characterization in the story