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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 chess piece does Galileo say took to "moving all over the board"?

2. What does the "Very Old Cardinal" call Galileo because of Galileo's claims?

3. What prediction does Galileo make to Andrea about astronomy?

4. According to Galileo, if one believes in humanity, they believe in what?

5. Why does Galileo tell Virginia that they move to Florence?

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 the Inquisitor tell Virginia that Galileo's new picture of the universe was harmful?

3. Cardinal Barberini quoted Ecclesiastes, the Preacher, when he first addressed Galileo at the party. What is Galileo's response to the Cardinal?

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

5. Why does Sagredo tell Galileo that he (Galileo) is contradicting all astronomical science from the last two thousand years?

6. Why does Galileo state that he prefers healthy oysters?

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

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

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

10. What is Virginia's comment to the Monk when he called Galileo an "old fox"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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 3

Galileo, even against the majority of society, honestly believed in his teachings. Find three examples about why Galileo believed that his teachings were correct and should be accepted by the Church and discuss their importance.

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