Discuss the contributions of Chaucers Canterbury Tales to our understanding of medieval life.

Who is his companion? Why can he only guide Dante through the first hell and purgatory? (See lines 115120 and notes.)
Canto III : What beings populate the Vestibule of Hell? How are they depicted (lines 49-66)?
Canto V : Who decides to which level of hell each soul must descend? How does he indicate this (see lines 115)?
What is the story of Francesca and Paolo? Why are they in hell (lines 88135 and notes)?
Canto X: Why are Farinata degli Uberti and Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti in hell? What Greek philosophy did they subscribe to (lines 1315 and notes)?
Canto XXXIII : In the Dantes hell, sinners are subjects to specific tortures which are the consequences of their particular sin. How is this most clearly demonstrated in the figures of Ugolino and Ruggieri (lines 190 and notes)?
From Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy Purgatory
Canto I: What is the difference between hell and purgatory? Who decides whether a soul should be in purgatory or not? (See notes for lines 1-6.)
Why must Dante be purified?
From Dante Alighieris Divine Comedy Paradise
Canto XI: Who does Dante meet in The Fourth Sphere? How does this discussion of St. Francis and Aquinas underscore the significance of these two figures in the Christian world of the time? What criticism is made of the Dominicans?
Canto XXXIII: In this canto, two of the most distinctive elements of the Christian church of the Middle Ages are present: that of the heightened reverence for the Virgin Mary and the mysticism of light. Find a passage which clearly demonstrates both of these elements.
Consider how the controversies within the Church during the 14th century affected Western culture.
Comment on the consequences of a century of virtually continuous military conflict.
Discuss the contributions of Chaucers Canterbury Tales to our understanding of medieval life.
What problems might have confronted the Renaissance if the Black Death had not struck Europe?
Compare the literary achievements of Boccaccio and Petrarch. What light does their work shed on the history of their times?
How does Chaucer characterize the participants in The Canterbury Tales? Select two and describe their chief features.
Describe Giotto’s contribution to the history of painting and compare him to his predecessors.
What are the principal characteristics of Northern European art in the fourteenth century? How does it differ from Italian art?
How did musical styles change in the fourteenth century? Discuss the contribution of Guillaume de Machaut.
From Giovanni Boccaccios Decameron
How does Boccaccio urge the reader to continue on through the gruesome descriptions of the plague? What metaphor does he use (paragraph 1)?
How did the city of Florence try to safeguard its citizens from the plague (paragraph 2)?
According to the third paragraph, how long, on average, could a person expect to live once symptomatic?
How was the illness communicated (paragraph 4)?
Paragraphs 58 describe the various responses of the people to the epidemic. What response seems most appropriate to you?
How did the plague impact family life (paragraph 9)?
In what circumstances did the infected often find themselves (paragraph 10)?
According to paragraphs 1113, how did the plague change burial customs and rites?
How did the plague affect agriculture (paragraph 14)?
In the city of Florence, how many died (paragraph 15)?
From Chaucers Canterbury Tales
How would you describe each of the following characters from the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales? Do you believe they are treated with sympathy, good humor, cutting wit, disdain, or admiration?

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