The Decameron Test | 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. Where does Abraham insist on going to find out about Christianity?

2. What is the discovery of Saladin, the Sultan of Babylon?

3. What results from Ser Ciappelletto's confession?

4. How does Alatiel manage to marry the King of Algarve after all?

5. Where do Constanza and Alatiel go after they leave Athens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the happy occasion for Alatiel as she prepares to get married.

2. Describe the character of Ciappelletto who is put in charge of the affairs of Musciatto Franzesi .

3. How does Ghismunda end her life?

4. What ultimately happens after Ciappelletto dies?

5. What does Alibech learn from Rustico?

6. What happens that returns Alibech to her village?

7. What are the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Lorenzo, the lover of Isabetta?

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

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

10. How does Tancredi discover the affair between Ghismunda and Guiscardo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Man's Desire to Return from the Dead. In your essay point out that one reason for returning from the dead is to tell the living what it is like on the other side. Compare the pact made by Tingoccio Mini and Meuccio di Tura with the Twentieth Century magician, Harry Houdini who made a similar promise. Conclude with the fact that there is no evidence that anyone has ever succeeded in this return.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, How Bernie Madoff Compares with Brother Onion. Using Brother Onion's feather from the wing of Gabriel and charcoal from the burning of St. Lorenzo, compare those things with Madoff's use of his connections and expertise on Wall Street to dupe people into investing money that he had no intention of returning. Define how people who want to believe in something are easily led.

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