Order of the Canterbury Tales


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Complete the following sentence:

Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories tied together by a prologue accredited to _____.

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1. Why is it difficult for us to determine the exact order in which The Canterbury Tales were intended to appear?

2. Why do we know for certain that the order in which the characters are introduced during the prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales does not represent the order in which the tales should appear?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This short quiz and worksheet will ask you five questions about the order of stories in The Canterbury Tales. You'll be asked why its difficult to know the true organization of The Canterbury Tales, as well as questions about authorial intent, the collection's prologue and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass the quiz, you'll need to:

  • Know who the collection's prologue is accredited to
  • Understand why it's difficult to place the stories in the author's intended order
  • Tell why the order of the prologue's character introductions doesn't convey the overall order of the stories
  • Determine why the collection's order of stories is important
  • Evaluate the literary significance of authorial intent

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice applying the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the character that the prologue is accredited to
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about The Canterbury Tales to answer several questions about the collection's order of stories
  • Reading comprehension - take away the most important information from the related lesson on the organization of The Canterbury Tales

Additional Learning

To learn more about the organization of these stories, review the related lesson called Order of The Canterbury Tales. Studying this lesson can help you:

  • Know when The Canterbury Tales was first published
  • Understand the purpose for William Caxton's second edition of The Canterbury Tales
  • Identify the type of narrative that ties the stories together