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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. Whom does the Inquisitor have taking a transcript of the conversation between Galileo and Cardinals Bellarmin and Barberini?

2. What do the strips of paper on the Ptolemaic system model have written on them?

3. At the ball, what mask does Cardinal Bellarmin wear? (Scene VI)

4. While talking to Andrea about the ships that had found new continents, what does Galileo call the "dreaded ocean"?

5. Who does the Scholar claim is drunk again-while play-acting with the Monk?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does The Grand Duke ask Galileo about his eyesight?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What does Andrea come to find out about Galileo's recanting of his teachings?

7. What problems does Virginia find with Galileo traveling to Padua and taking time off?

8. In the opening of Scene VII, why does the "Little Monk" admit to Galileo that he has not been able to sleep?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The invention of the telescope creates social unrest given the new discoveries that Galileo comes upon from peering through it. Therefore, based upon the discovery of the telescope, society experiences unrest because of the questions that the new discoveries create in regard to currently socially accepted beliefs, i.e. the Earth is the center of the universe. Based upon this fact, discuss two textually specific examples where scientific discoveries created social unrest. What was the discovery? Why did society react as it did? What was the reaction of Galileo to the unrest? What was the outcome of the unrest?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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