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. What gift is sent to Galileo by "someone passing through"? (Scene XII)

2. Where does Scene VII open?

3. What does Galileo tell Vanni that he values after Vanni suggests that Galileo "take up flight"?

4. What year is it at the opening of Scene IX?

5. While speaking with the "Little Monk" about his family's life, what animal does Galileo talk about ?

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 Andrea and the "Little Monk" compare the possibility of Galileo recanting to?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What problems does Virginia find with Galileo traveling to Padua and taking time off?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many times, Galileo implied that a woman's place was not in the scientific world. Find at least two examples and discuss how these thoughts contradicted Galileo's teachings using textual evidence from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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