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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. Anti-Catholics objected to the Pope rejecting Galileo's work solely on:
(a) Peer pressure.
(b) Personal beliefs.
(c) Political pressure.
(d) Biblical grounds.

2. While being forced to stay in Rome Galileo gave power of attorney to which of the following?
(a) Maria Celeste.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Vincenzo.
(d) Arcangela.

3. Which of the following was a major contributor to Galileo's death?
(a) Kidney problems.
(b) Dysentery.
(c) Bubonic plague.
(d) Pneumonia.

4. In which country was the book eventually printed?
(a) Holland.
(b) Spain.
(c) France.
(d) Belgium.

5. What weather phenomenon plagued Arcetri in 1633?
(a) Wind.
(b) Snow.
(c) Rain.
(d) Hail.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which century was the monastery built?

2. What was the occupation of Fra Micanzio?

3. Where did Galileo stay to recuperate after the trial?

4. Galileo would be allowed to go home if he agreed to do what to the Dialogue?

5. What word is used by Niccolini that means the same thing as "interfered?"

Short Essay Questions

1. While the Catholics had their opinions on why Galileo was tried, the anti-Catholics also had an opinion. What was the opinion of the anti-Catholics?

2. 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.

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

4. What was the focus of Galileo's work in his last eight years? What problem continued to hang over Galileo's head, most certainly affecting his work and his health?

5. How long did Galileo have to stay in Rome before he was granted an audience at the Holy Office?

6. In what year was the ban against the Dialogue officially lifted?

7. The illness prevented Maria Celeste from doing two very important things. What were they? What was the result?

8. 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.

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

10. By this time Galileo had become blind in one eye and was plagued with poor vision in the other. How did Galileo manage to work with this affliction?

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