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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 to hear news of the inquisition, what are the "Little Monk" and Federzoni doing?

2. In Scene XI, how many days does the "Little Monk" say that Galileo had been sitting in prison?

3. Where does Galileo hide a copy of his Discorsi?

4. What does Galileo tell Vanni that he values after Vanni suggests that Galileo "take up flight"?

5. Where had the "Little Monk" grown up?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Why does Vanni want Galileo to leave Florence?

5. Why is Galileo not worried about the Cardinal Inquisitor being in Florence?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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