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

2. According to the "Very Thin Monk," what is equated with the home of the human race?

3. What are the globes on the Ptolemaic system model made of?

4. Where does Scene VI open?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Galileo, as pointed out by Sagredo, teach the Ptolemaic model over the Copernican model given his belief in the Copernican model of the universe?

5. Cardinal Barberini quoted Ecclesiastes, the Preacher, when he first addressed Galileo at the party. What is Galileo's response to the Cardinal?

6. Why does Ludovico seem upset with Galileo at the end of Scene II?

7. Why does the Inquisitor find it funny that Virginia knew nothing of her father's studies?

8. Describe why the Ptolemaic system model is accepted by the majority of society as the truth for how the solar system exists.

9. Why is Andrea's mother, Sarti, worried about Galileo teaching Andrea about the revolving of the Earth around the sun?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"He who does not know the truth is merely an idiot, but he who knows it and calls it a lie, is a criminal." Both Galileo and Andrea spoke these words during the action of the play. Find and discuss two references to being an "idiot" and a "criminal" in the play. Who was regarded as an "idiot"? Why? Who was regarded as a "criminal"? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Galileo was surrounded by students throughout most of the play. Choose the student that you found to be the most loyal and least loyal to Galileo. Compare two characters. Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Two of the scientific instruments/discoveries that Galileo made were concepts derived by other people. Discuss what kind of person/scientist that made Galileo. Do you think that science is a constantly evolving theory? Can discoveries be made by one person alone? Or did Galileo have the right, as a scientist, to "better" what had been made/speculated on to that point?

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