Did Chaucer Finish The Canterbury Tales?


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How long did it take Geoffrey Chaucer to write The Canterbury Tales before he died?

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1. How many stories did Chaucer originally plan to write for The Canterbury Tales?

2. How many stories did Chaucer actually succeed in writing for The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer the following questions to make sure you understand the background of The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer. You will need to identify the intended and actual lengths of this work and current scholarship on it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set, you'll measure your understanding of:

  • The length of time Geoffrey Chaucer spent writing The Canterbury Tales'
  • Major scholarly disagreements concerning these stories
  • The intended length of this work

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about disagreements among literary scholars in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what is missing because of the unfinished nature of this work
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the number of stories Chaucer planned The Canterbury Tales to be and how many he finished

Additional Learning

If you are still curious about this group of stories, read the lesson titled Did Chaucer Finish The Canterbury Tales?. New information covered will include:

  • Other stories set in The Canterbury Tales not written by Chaucer
  • The name given to sections of this work
  • Published versions of The Canterbury Tales