Galileo Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is happening at the opening of Scene I?

At the opening of Scene I, Andrea is bringing Galileo milk and bread. As Andrea enters, Galileo is bathing and telling Andrea not to close any of his books when placing the bread and milk on the table..

2. When Andrea questions Galileo about the Ptolemaic system model, what is Galileo's answer?

When Andrea questions Galileo about the Ptolemaic system model, Galileo does not give a straight-forward answer to his question. Instead, Galileo tells Andrea what it is, but not how it works. When Andrea asks how it works, Galileo tells him to describe the model to answer his own question.

3. Describe the Ptolemaic system model that Galileo shows to Andrea.

The Ptolemaic system model that Galileo shows to Andrea is a model that shows how the stars moved around the earth. The model has a stone at the center, Earth, with eight crystal globes surrounding the center stone. The eight globes have names attached to them (sun, moon,etc).

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