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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 Galileo, who were the ones that were "no longer moved by reason"?

2. Why does Andrea leave the room when Galileo was asking the men from the courts to look through the telescope?

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

4. When, according to Galileo, does he "get most inspiration"?

5. Which Dane determines the track of a comet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lie does Galileo tell the Senators about the telescope to secure his raise at the University?

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Galileo say the sailing of ships across the sea creates "a great desire has arisen to fathom the causes of all thing[s]"?

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

6. What does Galileo say fueled his desire to discover new philosophies?

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

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

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

10. When Andrea questions Galileo about the Ptolemaic system model, what is Galileo's answer?

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

Choose one of the scenarios that Galileo used to describe a statement or argument. Describe why the argument/statement worked to explain what Galileo was trying to say. What point was he trying to make? What was the example that he used to illustrate his meaning? How effective was the illustration?

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