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. The book would show observations and theories that went directly against the teachings of which famous man?

2. What word is used to describe a long and arduous process?

3. In which country was the book eventually printed?

4. Compared to Rome, the atmosphere in Venice was refereed to as being _____.

5. What is the name of the monastery that could have been used to contain Galileo after he left SIena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was one of the main concerns of Galileo and Maria Celeste while Galileo was in Rome?

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

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

4. While Maria Celeste seemed to tell Galileo everything, she overlooked one important piece of news. What was the news?

5. 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?

6. Describe the reaction of the people upon Galileo's return to Arcetri.

7. Who issued the actual conviction in Galileo's case? What was the opinion of the Pope in this case?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe in detail the life of the nuns at San Matteo. How does the convent compare with today's convents? Is the order still in existence? If so, where? What influence did Maria Celeste have on the convent? Compare and contrast the views and experiences of the sisters.

Essay Topic 2

There were many differences between Galileo and his son, Vincenzio. Write a 500 word essay on Vincenzio. Include his education, relationship with his family, and contributions to science.

Essay Topic 3

In 1600, Cardinal Bruno was burned at the stake. Why was the cardinal killed? What was the official crime? Write a 1000-word essay on the Cardinal Bruno. Who was he? Where did he fit into the story? Examine the Cardinal's work and conflict with the Church. Explain the irony and connection to Galileo.

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