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. Who murders Pericone, Alatiel's first lover?

2. Eventually, who does Ghismunda marry as arranged by her father?

3. What does Abraham observe among the church leaders in Rome?

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

5. Who is Alatiel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alibech learn from Rustico?

2. Why have the young people of the novel left Florence and gone into the country?

3. Who takes Andreuccio into a scheme to make easy money?

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

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

6. What do the brothers think when they hear Ciappelletto's confession?

7. After becoming a widow shortly after her marriage, what does Ghismunda see her father, Tancredi, has no plans of doing?

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

9. What happens to Ciappelletto while staying with two Florentine brothers in Burgundy?

10. What means of entertainment do the young people devise?

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, Women as the Weaker Sex in THE DECAMERON. Use at least three different examples of how women are seen as inferior to men and more susceptible to moral transgression than men as seen in the book. Discuss how this idea not only plays out in the tales but also in the acceptance of the women gathered in the group of story tellers.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Absurdity of Applying Double Standards. Using the tale of the abbess who is caught with a man's pants on her head instead of her veil, write about applying double standards. Use both religious and political examples from the modern world as other examples in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Sexuality in THE DECAMERON. Select three examples of sexual behavior related in the tales told in THE DECAMERON. Discuss the manner in which these are presented made quite clear without going into graphic detail.

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