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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bellarmin, whose responsibility is it to interpret the Bible?

2. What epicyclical orbit does Galileo draw on the blackboard when describing his discovery to the Grand Duke of Tuscany?

3. According to the Curator, what republic refuses the Inquisition any say in scientific affairs?

4. Where did Ludovico Marsili's letter say he has studied?

5. How many years did Sarti work for Monsignor Filippo before working for Galileo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Curator refuse to give Galileo the raise that he requests for his work as a mathematician at the University?

2. What does the Clerk mean when he tells Galileo "We can only afford moves like this"?

3. Why does Galileo refuse to let Virginia look through the telescope?

4. Why does Galileo believe that he and Virgina need to move to Florence?

5. Why is Sagredo afraid for Galileo concerning Galileo's move to Florence?

6. Why is the Curator angry with Galileo after Galileo received his raise from the University with the Curator's help?

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

8. Why does the Inquisitor have the conversation between Galileo and Cardinal Bellarmin transcribed?

9. What is the relevance of the song at Cardinal Bellarmin's party?

10. What does the telescope do for Galileo by January of 1610?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"I am entirely in agreement with the position taken up by Cardinal Spoletti towards the mutinous rope-makers, namely, that it is better to dole out soup in the name of Christian brotherly love than to pay them more for their" hawsers and bell-ropes. For surely it must be wiser to fortify their faith rather than their greed. The Apostle Paul said: Charity aboundeth." Galileo made the following statement in response to a question posed by Monsignor Carpula for the archbishop. After making the statement, Galileo worried if one could see any irony in the statement. Discuss the possible irony that Galileo worried about. What could one find that was ironic in the statement? Why could this be considered ironic? What trouble would it cause for Galileo if one did find irony in the statement?

Essay Topic 2

Galileo, even against the majority of society, honestly believed in his teachings. Find three examples about why Galileo believed that his teachings were correct and should be accepted by the Church and discuss their importance.

Essay Topic 3

Galileo's students were sure that he would not recant his thoughts on the model of the universe that Galileo had brought forth. Discuss how and why two of the characters reacted to his recanting as they did. What did they say? How did they treat Galileo? Why did they react as they did? Who was the most disappointed in Galileo and why?

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