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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 does Galileo tell Virginia that he was afraid of?

2. Where does Scene VII open?

3. What does the Pope tell the Inquisitor that he will not have destroyed?

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

5. According to the "Little Monk," how many nights passed since he had been able to sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does The Grand Duke ask Galileo about his eyesight?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 brings up the concept of price verses value. Discuss Galileo's thoughts on this belief. What is the difference between price and value according to Galileo and the text? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

"He who does not know the truth is merely an idiot, but he who knows it and calls it a lie, is a criminal." Both Galileo and Andrea spoke these words during the action of the play. Find and discuss two references to being an "idiot" and a "criminal" in the play. Who was regarded as an "idiot"? Why? Who was regarded as a "criminal"? Why?

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