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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. What was the name of Galileo's host?
(a) Barberini.
(b) Bertolli.
(c) Nicolini.
(d) Gambini.

2. How long did Galileo stay in Rome this time?
(a) 2 months.
(b) 3 months.
(c) 6 months.
(d) 4 months.

3. In 1623, one of the following was named as the new pope. Which man was it?
(a) Cardinal Benedict.
(b) Cardinal Tringali.
(c) Cardinal Barberini.
(d) Cardinal Mallazzi.

4. Maria Celeste took on the role of teacher in which area?
(a) Art.
(b) Mathematics.
(c) Music.
(d) Philosophy.

5. Who would have the final say on the approval of the book?
(a) Medici.
(b) Giambanco.
(c) Riccardi.
(d) Delvecchio.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the affectionate nickname of this contact?

2. What was the name of the famous and extremely powerful family from that country?

3. How old was Maria Celeste when she entered the convent?

4. What is it called when a nun is required to stay inside the convent compound at all times?

5. How many copies of the book were published once it was approved?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Galileo have to go through regular channels if the Pope approved of the work? Who was responsible for issuing the printing licenses?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What were the accolades and criticisms following Pope Urban's inauguration?

7. Explain the invention of the pendulum clock and how it came about. What happened to the invention?

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

9. Who were the other two Galilei children? What was their place in the family?

10. Discuss the eruption of the Thirty Years War, how it affected Rome, and who was involved.

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