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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 is the date at the opening of Scene XI?

2. Who does Galileo tell Virginia invited him to Padua?

3. How old is Virginia in Scene XII?

4. What astrological sign does Ludovico align with?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Ludovico call off the wedding to Virginia?

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why does Galileo think that Cardinal Bellarmin gifted him a Cellini clock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

"I am entirely in agreement with the position taken up by Cardinal Spoletti towards the mutinous rope-makers, namely, that it is better to dole out soup in the name of Christian brotherly love than to pay them more for their" hawsers and bell-ropes. For surely it must be wiser to fortify their faith rather than their greed. The Apostle Paul said: Charity aboundeth." Galileo made the following statement in response to a question posed by Monsignor Carpula for the archbishop. After making the statement, Galileo worried if one could see any irony in the statement. Discuss the possible irony that Galileo worried about. What could one find that was ironic in the statement? Why could this be considered ironic? What trouble would it cause for Galileo if one did find irony in the statement?

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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