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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. What does Galileo use to represent the sun when explaining the rotation of the Earth to Andrea?

2. Who does the Chamberlain say is the name of the Astronomer-in-Chief at the Papal College in Rome?

3. What does Galileo say he bought instead of paying the milkman?

4. Who enters the room after the "Very Old Cardinal" collapses?

5. What is the date of the opening of Scene III?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ludovico call off the wedding to Virginia?

3. What does Andrea tell Galileo is one of the results of Galileo's recanting among the scientific community?

4. What is the significance of Galileo telling the Court Clerks of the "new way" to play chess?

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

6. Why does the Inquisitor tell Virginia that Galileo's new picture of the universe was harmful?

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

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

9. Why does Galileo think that Cardinal Bellarmin gifted him a Cellini clock?

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

Essay Topics

Discuss the carnival scene. What was important about the scene? What did you learn from the scene? Given that it takes the movement away from the main action of the play, why was the scene necessary?

Courage is a theme masked by the scientific overtone of the play, but courage is relevant. Find three courageous moments during the play. Discuss the person who was courageous, why they were courageous, and what happened to them because of their courage. Cite examples from the text to support your statements.

"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?

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