Chaucer Paper Assignment
candle marks the stop where the shrine (built 1220) of Saint Thomas
Becket (1118-1170) stood in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury
cathedral. The candle is there because King Henry VIII (8) had the
shrine destroyed in 1538 (and Becket's bones too). While in
existence, the shrine was an extremely popular site for pilgrimage, which serves as the frame story for Chaucer's tales. Photo credit Pug!
Read Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (only those tales in the Dover Thrift paperback
Prologue, Knight's Tale, Miller's Prologue, Miller's Tale, Wife
of Bath's Prologue and the Tale of the Wife of Bath.). Answer the following question in a one-page paper:
Citing specific evidence from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (not from the textbook), how "religious" was
medieval society (or was it not religious)?
Your paper must follow the following format:
Before proceeding, you might wish to read
the short notes and
review the study questions on Chaucer.
- typed using a word processor
(font size 10 or 12 only)
- one-inch margins
- page number citations for your
- not to exceed one (1) page
- name, date and HIS 101 at
the top left
- must have a brief introduction
and conclusion (each not to exceed two sentences)
may consider submitting drafts of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my introduction clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
You can send in multiple drafts (within reason) of an assignment before you submit for a grade.
- At times, you may be asked
to rewrite your essay before it is graded. This is done for your own benefit
and will result in an improved grade.
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instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
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The Chaucer Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.
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