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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

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Scene Thirteen, Galileo received a gift of two plucked geese. The peasant who delivered the geese was told to tell Galileo that "They are from someone passing through." Who do you believe sent the geese to Galileo? Why do you believe this? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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