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

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

3. After the trouble at sea, what happens to the men who love Alatiel?

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

5. Why is Masetto interested in the gardening job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ultimately happens after Ciappelletto dies?

2. How are Caterina and Ricciardo found out?

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

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

5. How does Ghismunda end her life?

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

7. What unusual thing causes Peronella and her lover to look for a place to hide him?

8. Describe the painters, Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco.

9. How does the handsome Masetto manage to become the gardener for a convent of eight nuns and an abbess?

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

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, Story Telling as a Form of Entertainment. Begin with the format of THE DECAMERON as a succession of ten nights of story telling. Follow that with story telling as entertainment in the centuries that followed before radio and television. Conclude with how mainstream entertainment media today is all about telling stories in both words and images.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, Medical Pandemics Through the Ages. In your essay describe the Black Death that swept Europe in the Middle Ages and why it lasted so long. Then discuss pandemics of more modern times such as polio and various virulent strains of the flu. Conclude with how these plagues affect the human psyche.

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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