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. At the end of Scene X, what has the Pope finished doing?

2. What does the "Little Monk" tell Andrea about that Galileo always carries in his pocket?

3. Why does Vanni say Galileo would be better off in Venice?

4. How old is Virginia in Scene XII?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. Why does Vanni want Galileo to leave Florence?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Galileo's attempt to explain that the Earth was not the center of the universe to Andrea. What did he say to Andrea? How did Galileo illustrate the fact? What was Andrea's response?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The invention of the telescope creates social unrest given the new discoveries that Galileo comes upon from peering through it. Therefore, based upon the discovery of the telescope, society experiences unrest because of the questions that the new discoveries create in regard to currently socially accepted beliefs, i.e. the Earth is the center of the universe. Based upon this fact, discuss two textually specific examples where scientific discoveries created social unrest. What was the discovery? Why did society react as it did? What was the reaction of Galileo to the unrest? What was the outcome of the unrest?

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