The Canterbury Tales: Background & History


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In what language is The Canterbury Tales written?

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1. Which of the following was a contributing factor to the turmoil of 14th-century England?

2. In what form did Chaucer's Canterbury Tales circulate in the 14th and 15th centuries? Choose the answer that best applies.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Much was happening while Chaucer was writing his famous masterpiece about a group of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. On this worksheet and quiz combination, you will answer test questions on a major event during the period that caused great turmoil, how The Canterbury Tales was circulated and other interesting facts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • Which language Chaucer used to write The Canterbury Tales
  • What vernacular means
  • How The Canterbury Tales was put into circulation

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Canterbury Tales to identify an important fact about the work
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about which event had great impact on English society in the Middle Ages
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which language Chaucer was using when he wrote The Canterbury Tales

Additional Learning

You can study this work in greater depth by completing the lesson titled The Canterbury Tales: Background & History. This lesson should enable you to meet these objectives:

  • Identify some of the pilgrims Chaucer includes in The Canterbury Tales
  • Describe the Peasants' Revolt of 1381
  • Explain how Middle English evolved