The Canterbury Tales: Courtly Love, Romance & Marriage


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Courtly love in the Canterbury Tales is characterized by: _____.

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1. In The Knight's Tale, Emily chooses _____ as her husband.

2. In The Canterbury Tales, _____ satirizes courtly love in the Middle Ages.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet examines your knowledge of love, romance and marriage as they are presented in The Canterbury Tales. You'll test your understanding of the different tales that address these topics as well as what was implied about them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet was created to help you to revisit what you remember about:

  • How courtly love is characterized in the Canterbury Tales
  • Who Emily in 'The Knight's Tale' chooses as her husband
  • The tale that satirizes courtly love
  • What the knight in 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' claims women want most

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about 'The Knight's Tale' to answer a question about it
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out which tale satirizes courtly love from what you read
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to interpret why the Wife of Bath deems herself an expert on marriage

Additional Learning

You will find a more extensive overview of this topic in the lesson, The Canterbury Tales: Courtly Love, Romance & Marriage. This lesson offers a chance for a deeper discussion of:

  • Defining chivalry
  • Understanding courtly love
  • Characteristics of courtly love according to the Knight's story
  • The stories the Wife of Bath tells of her own marital experience
  • How the knight in 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' won freedom