The Canterbury Tales Prologue: Quotes & Analysis


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Which authors are associated with the genre of estates satire?

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1. The Medieval estate is another word for what?

2. What type of character leads the procession of the pilgrimage in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet evaluates your knowledge of the prologue in The Canterbury Tales. You'll review some of the characters and the background of what the characters are doing during the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to test what you know about:

  • Authors associated with the genre of estates satire
  • Understanding the Medieval meaning of 'estate'
  • The type of character leading the procession of the pilgrimage
  • The purpose of the pilgrimage

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can remember the authors who are associated with the genre of estates writing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read and were able to interpret information about the purpose of the pilgrimage in the story
  • Reading comprehension - from what you read, ensure you are able to draw out what social status clergymen held in Medieval England

Additional Learning

There is a full account of this topic in the provided lesson, The Canterbury Tales Prologue: Quotes & Analysis. This lesson covers more detail about:

  • The setting of the prologue
  • The language Chaucer uses
  • How the pilgrims are arranged in the procession
  • Other examples of estates satire
  • The pilgrims of the aristocracy
  • Who the tradesfolk in the story are
  • The last class of pilgrims Chaucer introduces