The plague was spread by __________ who lived in the fur of __________ and other
rodents. It caused swollen bumps, called __________, on people’s skin that oozed puss and blood when cut open. And so, the plague is often called the __________ plague. The plague was __________, meaning it was widespread over many regions. By the time the plague died out, between one-third and two-thirds of the __________ of Europe had been decimated.
The plague had a great effect on European society. Some groups saw the plague as punishment for their sins and began whipping or beating themselves. These people were called __________. Other Europeans began attacking __________ communities who they accused of poisoning the wells. Some people, such as workers, even benefited from the plague as they could ask for higher __________ since the drastic decrease in population meant there was a huge shortage of labor.