Primary Source Document Analysis Worksheet

Primary Source Document Analysis WorksheetPrimary 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 classor elsewhere? How might this source add to our understanding of history?

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