The Canterbury Tales Themes


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In Canterbury Tales, which religious character lives up to the expectations of his/her role in the church?

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1. In Canterbury Tales, which character sells false relics and is used to develop the theme of lies and deceit?

2. In Canterbury Tales, class and appearances are seen as very important to many characters. Which character pretends to have wealth even though that character is actually in a great amount of debt?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo help you be sure you know the major themes of The Canterbury Tales. You will be quizzed on specific characters and what they symbolize.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set you'll assess your knowledge of:

  • The character who makes a living selling false relics of the church
  • Characters who exemplify deceit and social climbing
  • The pilgrimage to Canterbury

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as the religious figure within the group who acts as a positive example of his class
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how many pilgrims there are in the group
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the identity and symbolism of different characters based on their descriptions

Additional Learning

For more information about this famous set of stories, review the lesson titled The Canterbury Tales Themes. You will learn about:

  • Examples of class difference within these stories
  • Religious figures who do not live up to their avowed position and beliefs
  • Possible intentions Chaucer may have had in writing about examples of hypocrisy