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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ghismunda not marry at a time when other girls her age have taken husbands?

2. Who is Alatiel?

3. Why does Saladin go to Melchisedech?

4. What does Alibech find surprising?

5. Where does Abraham insist on going to find out about Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that returns Alibech to her village?

2. What ultimately happens after Ciappelletto dies?

3. What happens when the secret of Masetto's affair with the nun gets out?

4. What bothers Brother Alberto about one of the women who comes to him for confession?

5. How are Caterina and Ricciardo found out?

6. How does Ciappelletto become aware of the brothers' situation?

7. How does Brother Onion recover when he takes the charcoal out of the box instead of the feather?

8. Why is it so easy for Berto della Massa to take on the persona of Brother Alberto, a minor friar?

9. How does Masetto come to the attention of the abbess?

10. How does the affair between Caterina and Ricciardo work itself out?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, the device Boccaccio uses in the character of Dioneo tell the tenth tale every evening. Discuss this literary device in terms of transition and keeping the story flowing in the form of the novel. Conclude with the element of suspense that this device brings to THE DECAMERON making the reader want to read on.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Attitudes About the Morality of the Clergy. In your essay point out from THE DECAMERON how it is assumed that many if not most of the clergy are morally remiss in having affairs. Compare this to modern times when clergy have been brought down because of their moral indiscretions.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Value of Quick Thinking. Find at least two examples of how a person's quick thinking in THE DECAMERON averted a serious complication. Discuss the ability to think quickly in compromising situations and give an example or two of how it might work in a situation you set up for purposes of this essay.

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