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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. Maria Celeste recalls being in the garden with her father learning about which of the following?
(a) Tides.
(b) Telescope.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Gravity.

2. Galileo was eager to go to Rome to march with which prestigious group?
(a) Moravian Mathematicians.
(b) Roman Astronomers.
(c) College of Cardinals.
(d) Lyncean Academicians.

3. Which type of clock was invented by Galileo and another person?
(a) Anti-movement.
(b) Mantel.
(c) Grandfather.
(d) Pendulum.

4. What was the name of the place Maria Celeste worked at the convent?
(a) Apothecary.
(b) Laundrette.
(c) Hospice.
(d) Infirmary.

5. What was the name of the town where the friend lived?
(a) Arcetri.
(b) Arno.
(c) Rome.
(d) Acquasparta.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author speaks at length of the war, which involved which country?

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

3. To which royal figure was the work dedicated?

4. What caused the delay in Galileo's trip to the Vatican?

5. How long did it take before the printing was complete?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Maria Celeste had such a special bond with her father, aside from her position in the family?

2. 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.

3. Urban was highly impressed with Galileo's work. Which new work struck the Pope as being brilliant? What did Galileo write in the dedication?

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

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

6. Explain the reaction of Maria Celeste upon learning the identity of the new Pope. What was Maris Celeste's recommendation to her father? Did Galileo take Maria Celeste's advice?

7. Which scientist most influenced the work of Galileo? What was Galileo's intention with his experiments?

8. What is the structure of the book? How many letters are there in total?

9. Discuss some of the complaints the Galileis had regarding various illnesses.

10. Discuss Galileo's first trip to Rome to meet with Urban. Also discuss Galileo's friendship with Prince Cesi.

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