This fifteen-page, fill-in-the-blanks handout focuses on those central aspects of "The Canterbury Tales" which your students, especially those college-bound, need to know.
Areas which they will analyze include the themes, the structure, the character traits of each of the pilgrims, and the stylistic features (particularly irony) of "The Canterbury Tales."
Furthermore (if you elect) they will do an in-depth analysis of the work's comic masterpiece, "The Miller's Tale."
Since almost all of the blanks are taken from the text of "The Prologue" and "The Miller's Tale," your students can fill in the blanks as homework while they are reading the text, or you may choose to have them complete the handout through in-class group work after having read the text at home.
An answer key, beginning on a separate page, is provided at the end of the handout.
Every educated person needs to have more than a passing familiarity with the genius of Chaucer.
The purpose of this handout is to have your students be a part of that caravan of enthralled readers and great writers (beginning with Shakespeare) who savored the joyful brilliance of Chaucer, our language's literary forefather.
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.