Satire in The Canterbury Tales


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Satire represents the criticism of social or literary institutions through the use of:

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1. Which of these is NOT one of the three estates, or groups of people categorized by their level of socioeconomic influence, found in Chaucer's Medieval Europe?

2. Which of these represents an example of satire in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the reasons that Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is regarded as a literary masterpiece is because the sheer diversity of literary genres contained within it. This quiz will specifically test you on the use of satire in The Canterbury Tales. You'll be tested on points found in the attached lesson, such as the elements of satire and the specific stories in The Canterbury Tales that represent satire.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on

  • The definition of satire
  • The socioeconomics of Chaucer's time
  • The individual tales that represent satire
  • Specific forms of satire in The Canterbury Tales
  • Whom Chaucer criticized with his satire

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can accurately recall the basic information on the satirical elements of The Canterbury Tales that you went over in the lesson
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of the definition of satire and the ways in which it is displayed in specific stories within The Canterbury Tales
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of satire and The Canterbury Tales to answer the quiz questions on how Chaucer applied satire in his works

Additional Learning

To learn more about satire and Chaucer, review the corresponding lesson called Satire in The Canterbury Tales. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The three estates in Chaucer's England
  • Chaucer's approach to satire
  • Overview of The Canterbury Tales
  • Satire in The Canterbury Tales