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. Maria Celeste sent regular letters to her father, often enclosing prayers on which topic?

2. What word is best used to describe a delay or block in an experiment?

3. In this year, Maria Celeste was once again considered for which high level position at San Matteo?

4. Where was this person's final destination?

5. Galileo was sent back to Arcetri because his living situation was too pleasant in which city?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. What is one of the major errors regarding the story of Galileo's trial? What do you think may have caused the mistake?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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