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. According to the "Little Monk," how many nights passed since he had been able to sleep?

2. Where does Andrea say he is going to go when he leaves Italy to "take up scientific work"?

3. How old is Virginia in Scene XII?

4. Who does the Inquisitor say is an expert on instruments?

5. Who does Galileo say are his "favorite readings"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the opening of Scene VII, why does the "Little Monk" admit to Galileo that he has not been able to sleep?

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

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

7. Why does Vanni tell Galileo that he is on his side regarding Galileo's teachings?

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

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 was surrounded by students throughout most of the play. Choose the student that you found to be the most loyal and least loyal to Galileo. Compare two characters. Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Two of the scientific instruments/discoveries that Galileo made were concepts derived by other people. Discuss what kind of person/scientist that made Galileo. Do you think that science is a constantly evolving theory? Can discoveries be made by one person alone? Or did Galileo have the right, as a scientist, to "better" what had been made/speculated on to that point?

Essay Topic 3

In Scene Thirteen, Galileo received a gift of two plucked geese. The peasant who delivered the geese was told to tell Galileo that "They are from someone passing through." Who do you believe sent the geese to Galileo? Why do you believe this? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

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