Sex & Sexuality in The Canterbury Tales


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In the Miller's Tale, what is John afraid that his wife will do because she is so much younger than he is?

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1. In The Miller's Tale, John is afraid that Alisoun's behavior will make him a _____.

2. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which character argues that everybody, especially women, should maintain a healthy sex life?

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The quiz and worksheet are readily available to help assess your knowledge of sex and sexuality in The Canterbury Tales. The views and fears of characters like Nicholas and John are covered on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to assess your comprehension of:

  • Why John is afraid of Alisoun's behavior
  • Who holds the power of sex in society, according to Nicholas
  • How sex can be employed according to the Wife of Bath
  • Something that John is afraid his wife will do because she is much younger

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on sexuality in The Canterbury Tales
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the character who argues that everybody should maintain a healthy sex life
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why John is afraid of Alisoun's behavior and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

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  • Determine why sexuality is a major concern for John
  • Identify different notions of sex discussed in this work
  • Review attributes of the Wife of Bath
  • Understand the impact of the Bible and religion on the characters' perceptions of sexuality