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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. Who claims that Galileo would damn him if he (Galileo) would not see him?

2. What does the Grand Duke want from Galileo when he and Virginia wait to be recognized?

3. What kind of clock is Galileo presented with as a gift from Cardinal Bellarmin?

4. Where did Scene XI take place?

5. According to the person from the Grand Duke's Palace, what bell will ring when Galileo recants his teachings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the "Little Monk" use the story of his family and town's history to show Galileo his fears about the mixing of science and religion?

2. What do the experiment with the iron needle and water prove?

3. What did the astronomer at the University tell Virginia about her horoscope?

4. What were the problems that Galileo faced with living in both Florence and the Republic regarding the Discorsi?

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

6. 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?

7. What does Andrea say the inquisition was doing to the "truth"?

8. What was Galileo speaking about to the "Little Monk" when he spoke of his feelings for beauty and truth?

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

10. What were Federzoni and Andrea's worries concerning Galileo's Inquisition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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?

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