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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 Sarti hand to Galileo while he was telling her about the new discoveries in science?

2. At the ball, what mask does Barberini wear? (Scene VI)

3. What does Galileo tell the Curator would "save millions of scudi in navigation"?

4. How old does Ludovico say the invention he saw in Holland was?

5. What does Galileo ask the men to trust when looking through the telescope at the stars?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Andrea's mother, Sarti, worried about Galileo teaching Andrea about the revolving of the Earth around the sun?

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

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

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

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 Galileo say fueled his desire to discover new philosophies?

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

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

9. Why does the Inquisitor have the conversation between Galileo and Cardinal Bellarmin transcribed?

10. Describe why the Ptolemaic system model is accepted by the majority of society as the truth for how the solar system exists.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Many times, Galileo implied that a woman's place was not in the scientific world. Find at least two examples and discuss how these thoughts contradicted Galileo's teachings using textual evidence from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Character Analysis: Discuss Galileo as a character. What kind of character was Galileo? Use textual evidence to support each of the three character traits that you align with Galileo.

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