The Canterbury Tales: Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Becket's Shrine


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What position did Thomas Becket hold?

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1. What is the main reason Thomas Becket is beloved as a Catholic saint?

2. What English King ordered the assassination of Thomas Becket?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You'll find a short assessment of who Thomas Becket was and why the characters of The Canterbury Tales are making a pilgrimage to his shrine in this quiz and worksheet combo. This resource offers a chance to check what you know about Becket's life and what happened to him.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to evaluate what you know about:

  • The position Thomas Becket held
  • The reason Thomas Becket is beloved as a saint
  • Who ordered the assassination of Thomas Becket
  • What the challenges were between church and state in Thomas Becket's day

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to draw out why Thomas Becket is regarded as a saint from what you read
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of who ordered the assassination of Thomas Becket to answer a question about it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and are able to correctly interpret information about the role the pilgrimage plays in Chaucer's work

Additional Learning

You can continue reviewing this topic in the accompanying lesson, The Canterbury Tales: Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Becket's Shrine. This lesson offers a more detailed explanation of:

  • Understanding the purpose of a frame story
  • Defining pilgrimage
  • The benefits of a pilgrimage
  • How King Henry II's actions backfired