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

2. What astrological sign does Ludovico align with?

3. When the "Little Monk" spent time with Galileo, while Galileo was in prison, to whom does Galileo compare his work?

4. How many months of pay does the Court owe Galileo? (in Scene Nine)

5. To what day, did the opening of Scene XII, say that Galileo would be a prisoner of the Church?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Court's expect to happen at 5:00 on the day of Galileo's inquisition?

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

3. Why does The Grand Duke ask Galileo about his eyesight?

4. 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?

5. When at the summoning Galileo, Galileo tells Virginia that he is afraid of Rector Gaffone. Why is Galileo afraid of the Rector?

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

7. What lie does Galileo tell Virginia about being summoned by The Duke?

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

9. During Galileo's students conversation, while waiting for Galileo's recanting, the students did find some humor in the situation. What humor did they find?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Character Analysis: Discuss Galileo as a character. What kind of character was Galileo? Use textual evidence to support each of the three character traits that you align with Galileo.

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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