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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. According to Galileo, who were the ones that were "no longer moved by reason"?

2. What do Cosimo and Andrea break during their fighting on the floor?

3. What does Cosimo call Andrea as they fight over the models?

4. Who does Andrea tell his mother had "worked out" that the Earth went around the sun?

5. What are the globes on the Ptolemaic system model made of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Galileo believe that naming the new stars by the name Medici would allow him some leeway on his studies?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Galileo say fueled his desire to discover new philosophies?

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

8. What is happening at the opening of Scene I?

9. What does Virginia find out about her father's fame on the day of the party at Cardinal Bellarmin's?

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

Describe the difference between the Ptolemaic model and the Copernican model. What did the Ptolemaic model represent? What did the Copernican model represent? Why was the Ptolemaic model accepted over the Copernican model? What did the acceptance of the Copernican model suggest?

Essay Topic 2

Courage is a theme masked by the scientific overtone of the play, but courage is relevant. Find three courageous moments during the play. Discuss the person who was courageous, why they were courageous, and what happened to them because of their courage. Cite examples from the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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