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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 claims that Galileo would damn him if he (Galileo) would not see him?

2. What does the Grand Duke want from Galileo when he and Virginia wait to be recognized?

3. To where does the "High Official" tell Galileo that he has to go to face the Holy Inquisition?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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 Vanni tell Galileo that he is on his side regarding Galileo's teachings?

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

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

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

7. What do Andrea and the "Little Monk" compare the possibility of Galileo recanting to?

8. Why does Vanni want Galileo to leave Florence?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Two of the scientific instruments/discoveries that Galileo made were concepts derived by other people. Discuss what kind of person/scientist that made Galileo. Do you think that science is a constantly evolving theory? Can discoveries be made by one person alone? Or did Galileo have the right, as a scientist, to "better" what had been made/speculated on to that point?

Essay Topic 2

Galileo was surrounded by students throughout most of the play. Choose the student that you found to be the most loyal and least loyal to Galileo. Compare two characters. Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Galileo's students were sure that he would not recant his thoughts on the model of the universe that Galileo had brought forth. Discuss how and why two of the characters reacted to his recanting as they did. What did they say? How did they treat Galileo? Why did they react as they did? Who was the most disappointed in Galileo and why?

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