The Canterbury Tales: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis


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Critics since the 1950s have come to focus on which aspect of The Canterbury Tales?

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1. All of the following statements apply to The Canterbury Tales EXCEPT:

2. Which of the following was NOT a critical response to The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet, you'll address what you know about the significant criticism of The Canterbury Tales. You'll review what you know about the aspects that critics focus on and the result of many scholarly attempts to assemble the fragments of this work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet tests what you know about:

  • The aspect critics since the 1950s focus on
  • Key features of this work
  • Critical responses of this story
  • The result of scholars' attempts to assemble the fragment of the work in a 'proper' order

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the fragments this work was discovered in and how it is impacted by the scholars who attempted to put it in proper order
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to correctly interpret the key critical responses to this work
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of what scholars have done with The Canterbury Tales to answer a question about it

Additional Learning

You will find further discussion about this topic in the provided lesson, The Canterbury Tales: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis. This lesson covers more detail about:

  • When this work was written
  • Whose stories are included
  • What style Chaucer was one of the first to use
  • Defining allegory
  • What the work tells us about the time of Chaucer