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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 people are the chorus members meant to represent?
(a) Salieri's cousins and nineteenth century neighbors.
(b) Nineteenth century citizens of Verona.
(c) Eighteenth century citizens of Vienna.
(d) Nineteenth century citizens of Venezia.

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

3. How is the Venticelli's speech described?
(a) They are said to be laconic.
(b) They shout loudly.
(c) They speak urgently, rapidly.
(d) They speak in tongues.

4. How does the audience react to the opera's finale?
(a) With great applause.
(b) With boos and catcalls.
(c) With polite applause.
(d) With great disgust.

5. What does Salieri feel he needs to make his 'last audience' appear?
(a) An imbrocation.
(b) An invocation.
(c) A circumlocution.
(d) A salutation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Mozart opera is being performed in this scene?

2. How does Mozart insult Count Orsini-Rosenberg?

3. What kind of work has the Emperor commissioned Mozart to write?

4. Who is named as an old pupil of Salieri's?

5. How does Mozart defend his work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What strategy does Salieri use in his attempt to seduce Constanze?

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

3. What is important about the discussion between Von Strack, Rosenberg and Van Swieten?

4. In what way does Mozart manage to insult Count Orsini-Rosenberg?

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

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

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

8. What does Salieri do to cope with the psychic blow he has received through hearing Mozart's music?

9. What is Van Swieten's attitude to Salieri at this point in the play?

10. In what way does Salieri believe God is torturing him?

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