Primary Source Document Analysis Worksheet
Primary source: Giovanni Boccaccio – The Decameron
_________________________________________________1. What is the main idea Boccaccio is trying to communicate in this excerpt from
The Decameron? How does he describe the reactions of the citizens of Florence?
2. What is the author’s bias? What might have motivated Boccaccio to describe the Black
Death’s impact in Florence?
3. What was the context in which Boccaccio was writing? Where and when was this
document written, and what was going on at that time (beside the plague epidemic)?
_________________________________________________4. Who was the intended audience for The Decameron?
5. Can you connect The Decameron to other things you’ve learned about, either in class
or elsewhere? How might this source add to our understanding of history?
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