The Canterbury Tales: Greed & Corruption


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Which character was a manager of lands and showed his greed by stealing from his lord?

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1. Which character used her body for greed?

2. What does the Pardoner do that shows his greed?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Corruption and greed are nothing new. They flourished in Chaucer's day much as they do now. On this worksheet and quiz, you will answer test questions on what the characters do or use to show their greed, which character was expected to give up worldly wealth, and other examples of these failings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on:

  • How the Pardoner showed his avarice
  • What the Friar preferred doing above caring for the monastery
  • Which character was a corrupt manager

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Canterbury Tales to name the character who used physical attraction to acquire wealth
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about which character was supposed to have taken a vow of poverty
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the character who made money by stealing from his lord

Additional Learning

To study this topic in greater depth, take a look at the lesson titled The Canterbury Tales: Greed & Corruption. Successful completion will enable you to meet these objectives:

  • Identify the corrupt institution that Chaucer highlights in The Canterbury Tales
  • Describe the influence that this institution had on the lives of ordinary people
  • Tell when Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales