For What Purpose Did Chaucer Write The Canterbury Tales?


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Which genre best characterizes Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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1. Why is determining the purpose Chaucer had in mind for The Canterbury Tales difficult?

2. Which type of character is NOT represented in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet quickly and efficiently test your knowledge of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Answer questions about the meaning behind different stories and why Chaucer wrote things the way he did.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet, you'll make sure you know about:

  • The genre The Canterbury Tales is part of
  • The difficulty of figuring out Chaucer's original purpose for the stories
  • The characters represented in The Canterbury Tales

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the genre that this work would fall into
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where Chaucer lived later in his life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who is presented in these stories and how many stories Chaucer intended to write

Additional Learning

For more information about this famous set of stories, review the lesson titled For What Purpose Did Chaucer Write The Canterbury Tales?. You will explore new topics, such as:

  • The opening scene of The Canterbury Tales
  • Other jobs Chaucer worked during his life
  • The modern importance of this set of stories