The Canterbury Tales: Social Class & Status


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In feudal English society, what did the 'three estates' refer to?

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1. Which of the following two social classes emerged when Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales?

2. How were women classified in feudal and medieval society?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the theme of social status in The Canterbury Tales with this study quiz and worksheet combo. Questions will assess your grasp of topics like Feudal society and two emergent classes at the time the book was written.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer quiz questions on these key points:

  • How women were classified in Medieval times
  • The genre of The Canterbury Tales
  • A character in the book that represents the peasantry class

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on social status in The Canterbury Tales
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of this book.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different classes of people and some of their characteristics

Additional Learning

For more on the book, review the lesson named The Canterbury Tales: Social Class & Status. These topics will be considered:

  • What is meant be 'Estates'
  • How pious people act
  • The new classes in the Middle Ages