The Canterbury Tales: Setting & Time Period


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What had England just survived that had killed large percentages of the population before The Canterbury Tales were written?

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1. When did the Hundred Years' War start?

2. Why was England taxing the peasants so heavily during the time of Chaucer?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many of the important events that were occurring in Chaucer's time would have had a direct impact on the characters in his great work The Canterbury Tales. As you complete this worksheet and quiz, you will answer questions on what the Church demanded from the peasants and which devastating event caused thousands of England's people to die.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions that test what you know about:

  • What caused the deaths of many of the English population in the 14th century
  • When the Hundred Years' War began
  • Why English peasants were heavily taxed

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Chaucer's time to explain what the Church required from the peasants
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the reasons behind the peasants' march into London
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the start of the Hundred Years' War

Additional Learning

To study Chaucer's masterpiece in greater depth, take a look at the lesson titled The Canterbury Tales: Setting & Time Period. You should meet the following objectives when you're finished:

  • Name the country that England was fighting during the Hundred Years' War
  • Identify the king who was ruling England at the time
  • Describe what Chaucer did for a living
  • Explain what a feudal system is