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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. To what day, did the opening of Scene XII, say that Galileo would be a prisoner of the Church?

2. According to Galileo, what gives the "Little Monk" the right to say whatever he wishes?

3. What astrological sign does Ludovico align with?

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

5. At the opening of Scene IX, who is Galileo and Virginia waiting to be admitted by?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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 3

The truth of science and the truth of religion are conflicted throughout the play. Discuss the following: 1) Why was the truth of religion weighed heavier than the truth of science? 2) How did new thought challenge the church? 3) How did the Church have so much clout in determining its power over new thought related to science?

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