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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is meant by the words 'one must avoid music that smells of music'?
(a) Only new music should be played, not works that have been on library shelves for years.
(b) Music must be avoided if it is too passionate.
(c) Wind musicians should clean their instruments regularly.
(d) Music should not be too showy.

2. What is ironic about court musicians and their employers?
(a) The music is forgettable because the Emperor will pass away.
(b) Rich people are mediocre.
(c) The music will be remembered long after the politics of the time is forgotten.
(d) Everyone is mediocre and everything is a waste of time.

3. On what instrument does Mozart play Salieri's march?
(a) A pianoforte.
(b) A harpsichord.
(c) A dulcimer.
(d) A fortepiano.

4. When Salieri left Italy, how old was Mozart?
(a) Twenty-five.
(b) Ten.
(c) Five.
(d) Twenty-six.

5. In what language does Salieri speak when he is excited, according to one of the Venticelli?
(a) English.
(b) Italian
(c) Flemish.
(d) German.

6. What is Mozart's reaction to Constanze's game with the Venticelli?
(a) He tries to be angry but backs down and kisses her instead of raging.
(b) He is angry and tells her she has ruined her reputation.
(c) He is angry and orders her to go home.
(d) He is furious and slaps her.

7. How does Mozart defend his work?
(a) He tells the Emperor it is the best opera ever written in Europe.
(b) He says it is in German, so people will understand it.
(c) He says it is exciting.
(d) He says it is full of proper German virtues.

8. Who prompts the Emperor's response to the opera?
(a) Salieri.
(b) Baron Van Swieten.
(c) Count Orsini-Rosenberg.
(d) The Venticelli.

9. What causes Salieri physical pain as he listens to the piece?
(a) Its discord and atonality.
(b) Its intense beauty.
(c) The number of notes--there are too many to follow.
(d) Its frequent strange modulations.

10. Where is Salieri hidden?
(a) In a wing-backed chair.
(b) Under a trestle table.
(c) Behind the door.
(d) Behind an arras.

11. What animal is Constanze imitating?
(a) A vole.
(b) A mouse.
(c) A furry puppy.
(d) A pussy-cat.

12. Which Mozart opera is being performed in this scene?
(a) Cosi Fan Tutte.
(b) The Abduction from the Seraglio.
(c) La Cenerentola.
(d) Don Giovanni.

13. What intensely special quality does Salieri believe Mozart's music possesses?
(a) He believes it has the power to charm birds and animals.
(b) He finds it is angelic, heavenly.
(c) He believes it is like the voice of God.
(d) He believes it is revolutionary in its atonal structure.

14. Where is the opera's story set?
(a) In a Masonic lodge.
(b) In a grand mansion.
(c) In a coffee shop.
(d) In a harem.

15. What kind of love does Mozart claim his opera contains?
(a) Manly love, real love.
(b) Sacrificial love.
(c) Young love.
(d) Unrequited love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal is Mozart pretending to be?

2. How does Salieri reward his Venticelli?

3. How does the audience react to the opera's finale?

4. What words are whispered at the beginning of the play?

5. What is Salieri's burning ambition at this time of his life?

(see the answer keys)

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