Week 10: Boccaccio's Decameron

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The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? Boccaccio was born in Florence, Italy but lived most of his life in Paris.
  2. T or F ? Ave Maria is Latin for "Hail Mary."
  3. T or F ? The 14th century outbreak of plague killed about half of the population of Italy.
  4. T or F ? Boccaccio was born in 1313 and he died in 1375.
  5. T or F ? The bubonic plague started in north Africa and then spread to the Middle East and Europe.
  6. T or F ? Chaucer was influenced by Boccaccio.
  7. T or F ? The word Decameron is Greek for "10 days."
  8. T or F ? All of the stories in the Decameron are intended to be humorous.
  9. T or F ? Vesper refers to prayers said at noon.
  10. T or F ? Dante died when Boccaccio was still just a young boy.
  11. T or F ? Boccaccio's Decameron includes many stories about the sexual escapades of monks.
  12. T or F ? Like Chaucer, Boccaccio was born in London.
  13. T or F ? Matins and lauds are prayers said in the morning.
  14. T or F ? Boccaccio wrote both in Latin and in Italian.
  15. T or F ? Chaucer died when Boccaccio was still just a young boy.
  16. T or F ? Boccaccio is a medieval writer who lived in the 10th century.
  17. T or F ? Paternoster is a term referring to the "Our Father," or the Lord's Prayer.
  18. T or F ? Boccaccio was a bitter rival of the Italian poet Petrarch.
  19. T or F ? The Decameron was written in Latin and then translated into Italian in the 15th century.
  20. T or F ? Compline is a prayer that is said when first waking up in the morning.
  21. T or F ? Dante wrote his Divine Comedy to protest against Boccaccio's loose moral attitudes.
  22. T or F ? Boccaccio is famous today for his Italian writings, not for his Latin writings.
  23. T or F ? Boccaccio totally rejected the classical tradition because it was pagan, not Christian.
  24. T or F ? The frametale for the Decameron is about the outbreak of bubonic plague in Florence.
  25. T or F ? In the modern world, bubonic plague is strictly confined to countries in east Asia.

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