Step One: Select one tale among the ones you read for Decameron Day Two (II.5, II.7, II.8 or II.9). Now respond to the following questions in complete sentences. Directly cite the page number of the story for each item (i.e., “p.150”):


Who is the protagonist (the main character) of your tale?

What is the protagonist’s profession and social standing?

What are all of the tangible (material) items that are lost by the protagonist?

What are the intangible items that the protagonist loses (such as status, family, happiness)?

Who or what event is the immediate cause for the protagonist’s changes in fortune – both to bad fortune and to good fortune? (This person or even is called the “catalyst.”)

Is the catalyst a woman?