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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 Earth when explaining the rotation of the Earth to Andrea?

2. What is the name of the Grand Duke of Tuscany?

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

4. When Sagredo asks Galileo about where God was, what is Galileo's answer?

5. What does the Curator say that Galileo had invented for the city, calling the invention "excellent"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Ptolemaic system model that Galileo shows to Andrea.

2. Why does Ludovico call off the wedding to Virginia?

3. Why does the Monk take the geese from Virginia and examine them suspiciously?

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

5. Why is Galileo not worried about the Cardinal Inquisitor being in Florence?

6. Why does Vanni want Galileo to leave Florence?

7. Galileo refuses to comment on one of the archbishop's statements: "If I am weak, then I am strong." Why do you think Galileo refuses to comment on this statement?

8. What does Brecht mean when he wrote, "The depths are hot, the heights are chill. The streets are loud, the court is still" at the opening of Scene IX?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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