Initial post and replies due by Friday at Midnight. Directions Answer the following questions using your textbook and/or outside resources. Be sure to cite any outside resources. Answer the questions thoroughly, and start a new paragraph for each question. You can single-space, and no MLA heading required. DO NOT UPLOAD a document; cut and paste or use the word processor in Blackboard. This makes it easier for your classmates. 1. Which of the famous rulers discussed in Chapters 1-8 does Charlemagne resemble? What in particular? Pick more than one to discuss. 2. What does the monastic lifestyle enable? Do you believe that “monastic life” is typically thought of as a masculine pursuit? 3. What is a Gregorian chant? Does the chant remind you of any other kinds of music? How? 4.How are the Amiens and Sainte-Chapelle cathedrals good examples of the Gothic style of architecture? How do the intended functions of Gothic cathedrals affect their design? 5. Why is Thomas Aquinas considered the most important writer on Christianity of his age? 6. Compare Boccaccio’s Preface to the Decameron to Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of the Red Death. What are the similarities and differences in these accounts of people facing sudden death? 7. Choose around 15 real people from contemporary life and assign each to Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven, according to the criteria set by Dante. To get full credit, respond to at least two other people by asking or answering questions or sharing experiences. This assignment will be graded holistically, meaning 10 is excellent, 9 is very good, 8 is good, etc. Remember to use Standard English at all times; this is academic writing.