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 time do the people of the inquisition believe that Galileo would recant?

2. What, according to Andrea, do the people of Paris and Prague believe sunspots were?

3. Where does Scene VIII open?

4. After the bell rang, who reads Galileo's recant on the street?

5. What does Galileo claim the he knows the difference between when Vanni tells him he is "unable to distinguish your friends from your enemies"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Vanni want Galileo to leave Florence?

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 does Galileo say regarding his public recanting of his teachings?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the difference between the Ptolemaic model and the Copernican model. What did the Ptolemaic model represent? What did the Copernican model represent? Why was the Ptolemaic model accepted over the Copernican model? What did the acceptance of the Copernican model suggest?

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