The Canterbury Tales: Meter, Iambic Pentameter & Rhyme Scheme


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In what version of English is The Canterbury Tales written?

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1. How many pairs of unstressed and stressed syllables should be in a line of poetry written in iambic pentameter?

2. What rhyme pattern does Geoffrey Chaucer use in The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This multiple-choice worksheet will evaluate your understanding of meter and rhyme from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The quiz will ask you five questions about the language Chaucer uses in his famous collection of stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Identify the version of English that The Canterbury Tales is written in
  • Recognize the components of iambic pentameter
  • Recall the type of rhyme pattern that's used throughout The Canterbury Tales
  • Determine what 'meter' describes in poetry
  • Name another famous English poet who wrote in iambic pentameter

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Canterbury Tales to identify the rhyme pattern it uses
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding meter in poetry
  • Reading comprehension - take away the most important information from the related lesson on meter and rhyme from The Canterbury Tales

Additional Learning

The related lesson, The Canterbury Tales: Meter, Iambic Pentameter & Rhyme Scheme will show you more examples. Studying this lesson can help you:

  • Know why it can be difficult for modern readers to understand The Canterbury Tales
  • Deconstruct iambic pentameter using a line from the General Prologue
  • See how Chaucer uses rhyming to write about The Squire