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The Plowman in The Canterbury Tales: Physical Description & Personality

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The Plowman is described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as a ditch digger and carrier of dung. How do these tasks assist in providing a description of this character?

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1. The Plowman is described in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as being pious. What does this mean?

2. Several details in the text of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales indicate that the Plowman is not affluent. What is one of these examples?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Discover what you understand about The Ploughman in The Canterbury Tales with this interactive quiz and worksheet. You'll be quizzed on topics like the character as a ditch digger and what it means to be pious.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on these key points:

  • Clues of the Ploughman's poverty
  • His being uneducated
  • The Ploughman's story about a religious figure

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on The Ploughman in The Canterbury Tales
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Ploughman's educational background and his social status
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding his story about somebody who is religious

Additional Learning

With the lesson called The Plowman in The Canterbury Tales: Physical Description & Personality, you'll be able to review these areas:

  • The character's physical strength
  • His religious beliefs
  • The fact that he is generous
  • Formal education and how it's required in order to become a monk
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