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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jul 30, 2009
Date Last Modified: Jul 30, 2009
Title: The Trial of Giordano Bruno
Description: The Trial of Giordano Bruno raised the question of whether the Roman Catholic Church during the era of the Reformation was capable of conducting a fair trial.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours
Topics: Reformation; Roman Catholic Church; Giordano Bruno; Inquisition.
Course: Western Civilization
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with methods used by the Roman Catholic Church to combat alledged heresy during the era of the Reformation.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK Giordano Bruno Trials 1592-1600. CLICK and READ: Brief Bio, Giordano Bruno, Procedures of the Roman Inquisition, From Trial to the Stake, Summary of the Trial. Write a 5-6 page paper answering the following questions: 1. Who was Giordano Bruno, 2. Why was he a threat to the Roman Catholic Church?, 3. What was Bruno occupation?, 4. What was Bruno charged with?, 5. What was the role of the Inquisition? 6. Who were Bruno's accussers?, 7. Who were Bruno's defenders?, 8. What was the Trial's outcome?, 9. Did Bruno get a fair trial?, 10. How does this trial affect your opinion of the Roman Catholic Church?, 11. Was Bruno a threat?
Assessment: Paper.
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