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. Where did Galileo stay to recuperate after the trial?

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

3. Galileo was ordered to cease which of the following?

4. In what month did Niccolini petition the Pope once more?

5. In what country was the book finally published?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. After the trial, Galileo was released into the custody of a high ranking church official. Who was the official and where did Galileo go with that official?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of Galileo's most famous experiments took place at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. What was the experiment? What did the experiment prove? Who inspired the experiment and/or was inspired by it? Do the results of the experiment still hold true today? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Galileo is best known for his work with the telescope. Create a diagram of the first telescope and outline how it worked. Was the concept entirely new or was it a refinement of an earlier work? Who was most impressed by the telescope? What did the discovery do for Galileo's career? Draw a second diagram of a modern telescope and note improvements over Galileo's model.

Essay Topic 3

Galileo was a well educated man. Galileo served in many capacities in the communities in which he lived, including holding at least two professorships in Padua and Pisa. Discuss Galileo's influence and legacy placed upon each university. How did Galileo's legacy affect VIncenzio's studies at the university?

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