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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. Which famous man was killed in the same year she was born?

2. What tragic affliction was responsible for the death of Prince Cesi?

3. What was the name of Galileo's second daughter to enter the convent?

4. What was the name of Galileo's contact within the Vatican?

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

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

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

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

5. Name at least one of the major issues faced by Urban in his new position as Pope. How did Urban respond?

6. What was the purpose of Galileo's next trip to Rome? Who did he see?

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

8. Galileo suffered a tragedy shortly after the trip to Rome. What was the tragedy? What caused it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a detailed biography on the Medici family. Why was the family so powerful? What was Galileo's relationship with the Medicis? Did the relationship help or hinder Galileo's career and issues with the Pope? Also explain the effect of the Medicis in Padua and the surrounding region.

Essay Topic 3

Galileo's Dialogues are often referred to as a journal of sorts. The dialogues contain some fiction along with science and an accounting of Galileo's activities. Write a synopsis of the Dialogues. Include references to famous people of the day.

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