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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Salieri reward his Venticelli?
(a) He buys them dinner.
(b) He gives them money.
(c) He gets them jobs at the palace.
(d) He gives them cakes.

3. What is Salieri's burning ambition at this time of his life?
(a) To write the perfect opera.
(b) To become First Royal Kapellmeister.
(c) To have seven sons, all musicians.
(d) To become the Court Composer.

4. What insight does Salieri experience when he hears 'Marten Aller Arten' being sung?
(a) He understands religious ecstasy.
(b) He understands that the soprano is flighty.
(c) He understands that this is just how music ought to be written.
(d) He understands that Mozart has had sex with the singer.

5. What position is Mozart interested in applying for?
(a) Music supervisor for the Emperor.
(b) Court Composer.
(c) Music teacher for Katharina Cavalieri.
(d) Music teacher for the Princess Elizabeth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Salieri's reaction to the young couple's goings-on?

2. Who is the lead singer Mozart has engaged?

3. What is the Emperor's judgment of the opera.

4. How did Salieri's family feel about the Austrian Empire?

5. What influences Mozart to make wildly tactless utterings at Bonno's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with Salieri's drive for fame?

2. Account for Salieri's shout from the chair as he listens to Mozart and Constanze play their bawdy game.

3. What concrete information about Mozart is passed to Salieri by the Venticelli?

4. Comment on the dramatic function of the Venticelli in the opening scene.

5. What does his comment about his requirement in a wife reveal about Salieri's character?

6. Comment on the conflict in this library scene.

7. What does this scene show us of Mozart's talent?

8. What is striking about Salieri's description of the Adagio from the Serenade for Thirteen Wind Instruments (K. 361)?

9. Why does Salieri rush out into the street on hearing Mozart's music?

10. In what way does Salieri claim to be different from his parents?

(see the answer keys)

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