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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what month did the Pope take office?
(a) February.
(b) November.
(c) September.
(d) June.

2. According to the law, it was likely that many people in Galileo's occupation would be considered to be which of the following?
(a) Traitors.
(b) Ill-informed.
(c) Heretics.
(d) Impudent.

3. How was the man killed?
(a) Shot.
(b) Hanged.
(c) Burned at the stake.
(d) Starvation.

4. The pope was fond of another of Galileo's works, title:
(a) The Assayer.
(b) The Academist.
(c) The Astronomer.
(d) The Geologist.

5. How many years did it take Galileo to write that particular work?
(a) 11.
(b) 7.
(c) 5.
(d) 6.

Short Answer Questions

1. Galileo suggested to Maria Celeste that she petition this Pope for assistance.

2. Galileo went to work in the court of which royal?

3. Which Pope was often referred to as the "Poet Pope?"

4. In what year was the first letter written from Maria to Galileo?

5. To which royal figure was the work dedicated?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Galilei children were small, Galileo held two similar jobs in the math and science fields. What were the jobs and where were they? Why were the jobs unusual?

2. How severe was the presence of the plague in Rome in the 1600s? When was the worst period in history for the plague? How does Sobel refer to the returning plague?

3. What was the purpose of Galileo's next trip to Rome? Who did he see?

4. Describe Maria Celeste's birth and journey to the Convent at San Matteo.

5. Galileo suffered a tragedy shortly after the trip to Rome. What was the tragedy? What caused it?

6. What was the name of the Pope elected in Part 2? When was the Pope elected? What was his former identity?

7. Explain the first experience with a telescope. Also explain what it meant to the future study of the galaxy.

8. Despite scientific advancements many people were at a loss to explain the plague, how it spread, and how to cure it. Discuss some of the beliefs of the people.

9. What was the Grand Duke's plan to stop the plague from spreading even further?

10. Discuss the arrival of "Treatise on the Tides." How long did it take to write the important work? To whom was the work dedicated?

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