Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the daughter's first name after she was taken into the convent and received her vows?

2. The pope was fond of another of Galileo's works, title:

3. What was the name of the youngest Galilei child.

4. What new law began to frighten many of Galileo's colleagues?

5. The son was intended to complete his education at a university in which city?

Short Essay Questions

1. In addition to helping Galileo with the printing license, other benefits came from his relationship with Caterina. What were the benefits?

2. Who was announced as being the new Grand Duke of Tuscany? In what year was he installed as Grand Duke? To which famous family was the new Duke related?

3. What significant event took place during Galileo's time in Rome?

4. When did Virginia take her vows? Where did she get the name Maria Celeste?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal written about Copernicus in the book. Who was Copernicus? Why was Galileo fascinated by him? What discoveries did Copernicus make? How do Galileo and Copernicus compare in regards to their scientific works? Write a 750 word biography on Copernicus.

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail the court proceedings against Galileo. Who pressed the charges? What were the charges? Was Galileo guilty? What was the punishment served on Galileo? What was the length of the sentence? What was the overall opinion of the church, the academic community, and Galileo's family? Did the punishment fit the crime?

Essay Topic 3

Galileo suffered from several afflictions as he got older. Many of those afflictions were treated by Maria Celeste. Explain Galileo's afflictions. Which was the worst? Was any one of the afflictions fatal or terminal? Explain. How was Maria Celeste able to help her father? Did the remedies help? Where did Galileo spend his last days? What eventually killed Galileo?

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