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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. While waiting for Galileo's inquisition to finish, what does Andrea say he fears would never be completed?

2. Where did Scene XI take place?

3. Why does Vanni say Galileo would be better off in Venice?

4. Why does Galileo tell Andrea that they could not investigate sunspots?

5. What author has Galileo begun to read again? (Revealed by Galileo to the "Little Monk" during their conversation in Scene VII.)

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. What lie does Galileo tell Virginia about being summoned by The Duke?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the carnival scene. What was important about the scene? What did you learn from the scene? Given that it takes the movement away from the main action of the play, why was the scene necessary?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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