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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 the "Very Thin Monk," what is equated with the home of the human race?

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

3. How many globes surround the center stone?

4. How old is Galileo's daughter, Virginia, in Scene II?

5. Where does Scene VI open?

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

3. Why does Galileo believe that naming the new stars by the name Medici would allow him some leeway on his studies?

4. What does Virginia find out about her father's fame on the day of the party at Cardinal Bellarmin's?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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