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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. Who does Galileo tell Virginia invited him to Padua?

2. What does Federzoni think has begun, "the hour of its birth," when the bell does not ring at the time the inquisitors thought it would?

3. What does the Pope tell the Inquisitor that Galileo could not say "no" to?

4. What does Federzoni say he would rather do if Galileo recanted his teachings?

5. At the end of Scene IX, what awaits Galileo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What were Federzoni and Andrea's worries concerning Galileo's Inquisition?

6. 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?

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

8. Why does Galileo state that he prefers healthy oysters?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Courage is a theme masked by the scientific overtone of the play, but courage is relevant. Find three courageous moments during the play. Discuss the person who was courageous, why they were courageous, and what happened to them because of their courage. Cite examples from the text to support your statements.

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