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Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

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The Canterbury Tales is probably Chaucer's most famous work. It is likely that Chaucer had the ability to write about all of the different included characters because:

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1. Why was the fact that Chaucer wrote in the vernacular of the time in which he was living considered pretty revolutionary?

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Which is closest in meaning to lines 1-2 of the following passage of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

'Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, /

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote /

And bathed every veyne in swich licour, /

Of which vertu engendred is the flour'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on Geoffrey Chaucer, a father of modern literature, and his most famous works. Some of the elements that you will be assessed on include Chaucer's biography and his style of writing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to see what you know about:

  • Geoffrey Chaucer's biography
  • Chaucer's most famous works
  • How to translate Middle English

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding one of the fathers of modern literature
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to translate lines of Chaucer's original text
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Middle English

Additional Learning

To learn more about this exceptional writer, review the accompanying lesson on the History and Works of Chaucer. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Chaucer's influence on modern literature
  • Identify the writer's most famous works
  • Recognize the style and importance of Chaucer's writings
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