The Physician in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Personality


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What is the tone of Chaucer's characterizations in The Canterbury Tales?

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1. According to Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, knowledge of which of the following makes the Physician a good doctor?

2. Why does Chaucer suggest in The Canterbury Tales that the Physician chooses a diet that is ''greatly nourishing, as well as prudent''?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using the worksheet and quiz, you can gauge your knowledge of the Physician and his role in The Canterbury Tales. This character's diet and characteristics are on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Expect to be assessed on the following topics:

  • Characteristics of the Physician
  • The tone of Chaucer's characterizations
  • The area that the Physician is knowledgeable in that makes him a good doctor
  • Why the Physician chooses a diet that is greatly nourishing and prudent

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the character who says 'Gold's a cordial, so the doctor says.'
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the doctor in The Canterbury Tales
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why the Physician chooses a nourishing and prudent diet and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Gain more knowledge about this character by using the lesson called The Physician in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Personality. Other topics you can explore include:

  • How the prologue of The Canterbury Tales starts off
  • Why the Physician is an important character
  • Knowledge that the Physician possesses