Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love Test | Final 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. In what country was the book finally published?

2. What is the standard title given to nuns at the convent?

3. What was the name of the woman's son?

4. Although the Dialogue was never legally banned, its printing was ______.

5. Galileo began a new book, the idea for which had been ruminating for nearly ____ years.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Detail at least one of Galileo's bouts with depression. How did Maria Celeste try to combat the depression?

3. Describe at least one of the requirements Galileo had to fulfill in order to return to Arcetri.

4. What was the outcome of the efforts made by Galileo and others?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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.

8. Once again the weather wreaked havoc on Galileo and Maria Celeste. Explain how each was affected by the autumn rains.

9. Describe at least one of the things Galileo did to pass the time while staying in Siena.

10. What was the plea sent from Niccolini to the Poe on behalf of Galileo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the beliefs and the work of Galileo and Bruno. Was Galileo inspired by Bruno? What was Bruno's main credo? What was Galileo's main credo? What was the biggest similarity between the men, professionally and personally?

Essay Topic 2

Galileo's trial forbade him from working on certain projects so that he could stay out of prison. Explain the arrangement with the Church. Do you think Galileo agreed because he felt he had no choice or because it was in his best interest? Do you think Galileo compromised himself or his work by agreeing to stop working and teaching? Did Galileo keep his word?

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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