A Quotation from the Past
“Oh happy posterity, who will not experience such abysmal woe and who will look upon our testimony as a fable.” – Petrarch
Summary of Useful Links on this Topic:
- BBC Bite Size History: The Black Death from www.bbc.co.uk
- The Plague in Sydney, 1900: A Picture Gallery
- The Black Death and Early Public Health Measures from www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
- Death Defined: Black Death – Causes and Symptoms from http://historymedren.about.com/
- How the Black Death Worked from www.howstuffworks.com
- A General Account, including Boccaccio’s Description of the Plague’s Symptoms from http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/
- Global Impacts of the Black Death from www.abouteducation.com
- Decoding the Black Death through Archaeology from www.sciencedaily.com
As you can imagine, the Black Death would take a heavy toll on any society that lacked modern medicines, hygienic living conditions and well-stocked hospitals. For instance, only 22 years ago, there was an outbreak of pneumonic plague in India, which led to widespread panic, attempts by the government to stop mass evacuations from slum areas and ultimately hundreds of deaths. Journalists entering the area sensibly took their own antibiotics with them. You can read a New York Times report about this outbreak here.
Below is an overview of this historical event in the form of a fill-the-gap quiz on various aspects of it. Your task is to select the word that is appropriate for each blank.
I hope you find this topic as heart-rending, gruesome and captivating as I have always found it.
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Picture from the Past: Bubonic Plague in Sydney, 1900
Copyright:State of NSW. Kindly provided by the State Records Authority of NSW. That pile in the middle is dead rats.
A bounty was placed on rats – sixpence per rat according to one Melbourne report. Poor and unemployed men became professional rat catchers.
Use these 13 words in a paragraph about the Black Death and the medieval mentality:
exacerbated, atrocities, leprosy, Torah, pogrom, indigenous, miasma, mortality, smallpox, pervasive, vulnerable, rigorous, superstition