Galileo, the Telescope & the Church


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Identify the part which was NOT involved in Galileo's legendary experiment at the tower of Pisa.

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1. How is the heliocentric model different from the geocentric model of the universe?

2. Galileo's character of Simplicio was meant to resemble _____.

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

During the Renaissance, Galileo developed a practice of using observation, theory, mathematical calculation and experimentation to present his groundbreaking work in physics and astronomy. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand why Galileo is often credited with laying the foundation of modern science, how he concluded the sun, not the Earth, is the center of the universe and why he spent the last years of his life under house arrest.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • A heliocentric vs. geocentric model of the universe
  • Galileo's contributions to astronomy
  • Galileo's legendary experiment in motion
  • The church's vision of the universe
  • Galileo's response to church criticism and censorship

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the scope of Galileo's achievements
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Galileo's heliocentric model of the universe to answer questions about why the church considered it heresy
  • Making Connections - understand how historical events and personalities fueled the church's prosecution of Galileo

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Galileo's scientific contributions and the church's reaction. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Galileo's place in the history of science
  • Summarize the ideas in Galileo's treatise, 'The Starry Messenger'
  • Explain the church's charge of heresy against Galileo
  • Explain the conflict between science and faith