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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where do the two men who played the trick go the next day?
2. What retort does the wayward nun have for the abbess?
3. Where does Peronella tell her lover to hide?
4. How do Gualtieri and his wife get back together?
5. For what crime does Tingoccio tell Meuccio that there is no real punishment?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, THE DECAMERON as an Early Example of the Modern Novel. In your essay point out how THE DECAMERON predates Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES which is often credited as being the first modern novel. Discuss the format of THE DECAMERON and how you think it qualifies as a novel.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Story I Most Enjoyed in THE DECAMERON. First summarize the story you liked best and then explain in detail why that particular story caught your fancy. Be sure to mention the literary qualities of the story that made it stand out in your mind.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the topic, The Historic Setting for THE DECAMERON. Include the bubonic plague that caused people to leave the cities looking for ways to avoid contact with the plague. Discuss the limited ways to find entertainment under such circumstances. Finally, address the activity of story telling as the best possible form of entertainment under the circumstances in 1348 A. D.
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