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

2. What pages from Galileo's book do the Monks have?

3. According the opening of Scene XII, where is Galileo living?

4. What does Galileo claim is ruining Virginia's complexion?

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 Galileo use the satire of Horace to explain the necessity of all parts of his study being present in his observations?

2. What does Galileo say regarding his public recanting of his teachings?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the carnival scene. What was important about the scene? What did you learn from the scene? Given that it takes the movement away from the main action of the play, why was the scene necessary?

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

Choose one of the scenarios that Galileo used to describe a statement or argument. Describe why the argument/statement worked to explain what Galileo was trying to say. What point was he trying to make? What was the example that he used to illustrate his meaning? How effective was the illustration?

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