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 which century was the monastery built?

2. How many cardinals would preside over Galileo's trial?

3. in what months did the height of the problem hit?

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

5. What is the name of the Pope's office?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the focus of Galileo's work in his last eight years? What problem continued to hang over Galileo's head, most certainly affecting his work and his health?

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

4. In Part Four, Galileo had to return to Rome to be tried for his crimes against the Church. Explain who was on Galileo's side to support him.

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. The sisters at San Matteo continued to pray for Galileo. What was the reaction at the convent when it was learned Galileo would soon be back in Arcetri?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Galileo was charged with blasphemy and heresy. What is the definition of each? Do both apply to Galileo? Who decides if someone is guilty of either or both? What is the punishment? Is the punishment set forth by the government or Church? Give examples of how Galileo allegedly committed either or both of the crimes. List the specific reason cited in the trial, proof, and outcome.

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

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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