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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 year was the ban effectively lifted from the work?
(a) 1789.
(b) 1841.
(c) 1757.
(d) 1803.

2. In the autumn of 1633, Galileo began to experience the onset of which mental state?
(a) Dementia.
(b) Nirvana.
(c) Mania.
(d) Despondency.

3. Galileo managed to maintain friendships with powerful people, including which of the following?
(a) Prince Medici.
(b) Archbishop of Siena.
(c) First High Cardinal.
(d) Grand Duke of Florence.

4. Galileo would be allowed to go home if he agreed to do what to the Dialogue?
(a) Include the church.
(b) Burn.
(c) Modify.
(d) Rewrite.

5. How old was Galileo at the time of the trial?
(a) 74.
(b) 78.
(c) 70.
(d) 67.

Short Answer Questions

1. What continued to plague Galileo up until the time he died?

2. Maria Celeste worried that the stress of the trial would interfere with Galileo's ____.

3. What weather phenomenon plagued Arcetri in 1633?

4. Which Pope approved of Galileo's conviction?

5. What was Galileo's official position with the Grand Duke of Tuscany?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name one of the biggest and harshest stipulations set upon Galileo's return to Arcetri.

2. What was Maria Celeste's reaction to the interview at the Holy Office of the Inquisition?

3. Who was not present at the interview? Why?

4. What steps might have been taken by Pope Urban on behalf of Galileo? Why do you think Pope Urban chose not to take that step?

5. What was Galileo's hope regarding the outcome of the trial. Did Galileo's wish come true?

6. Instead of informing Maria Celeste of all the happenings in Rome, Galileo spent his time doing other things. List at least one of the other things that occupied Galileo's time.

7. Galileo began to work on a book involving the theories of motion. Discuss the concept for the book and its relationship to Aristotle's earlier teachings.

8. What was the reason Pope Urban finally permitted Galileo to return to Arcetri?

9. How did Maria Celeste's death take its toll on Galileo?

10. In Part Four, Galileo had to return to Rome to be tried for his crimes against the Church. Explain who was on Galileo's side to support him.

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