The Parson's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary


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In 'The Parson's Tale' by Geoffrey Chaucer, why won't the Parson tell a fable?

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1. What will the Parson focus his tale on, in 'The Parson's Tale' by Geoffrey Chaucer?

2. In 'The Parson's Tale' by Geoffrey Chaucer, what does the Parson say is another word for a minor sin?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will measure your knowledge of The Parson's Tale in The Canterbury Tales. Answer questions about the Parson's beliefs and the story he tells.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of quiz questions, you'll assess your understanding of:

  • The focus of The Parson's Tale
  • Other words for minor sins
  • The worst of the seven deadly sins, according to the Parson

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what the Parson's view of Paradise is
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about why the Parson refuses to tell a fable
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the Parson says a minor sin is called

Additional Learning

For more information about this famous story, read the lesson titled The Parson's Tale in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue & Summary. You will explore:

  • The type of story the Parson tells
  • How Chaucer characterizes the Parson
  • Satisfaction and confession, according to the Parson