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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

"He who does not know the truth is merely an idiot, but he who knows it and calls it a lie, is a criminal." Both Galileo and Andrea spoke these words during the action of the play. Find and discuss two references to being an "idiot" and a "criminal" in the play. Who was regarded as an "idiot"? Why? Who was regarded as a "criminal"? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think was the main theme of the play? Discuss your answer using evidence gathered to support your claim. Why did you think that this was the theme of the play? What support did you find in the play? Why did this support your claim for this being the theme?

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