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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Into which well-known piece does Mozart transform Salieri's march of welcome?

2. What does Salieri feel he needs to make his 'last audience' appear?

3. What caused Mozart's death, according to the Venticelli?

4. How is the Venticelli's speech described?

5. What relationship to Salieri is Katharina Cavalieri?

Short Essay Questions

1. In addition to his personal battle with Mozart, how is the deterioration of Salieri's relationship with God demonstrated in this part of the play?

2. In what way does Salieri contradict himself in the scene in which he attempts to seduce Constanze?

3. What happens in this scene to essentially perform the coup-de-grace for Mozart?

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

5. Comment on the conflict in this library scene.

6. What is the importance of the scene in which Salieri's home is contrasted with that of the Mozart family?

7. How does the play open?

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

9. What is the significance of 'the figure in gray' that haunts Mozart's dreams?

10. What is the significance of the golden light that bathes the Emperor and his court?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Does Amadeus qualify as an example of tragedy? Is there a tragic hero and what makes him such?

Essay Topic 2

'Salieri is almost an archetypal hypocrite.' What is a hypocrite and does Salieri qualify for this label? Who else in Amadeus can be described as a Hypocrite? How does the behavior of such individuals affect others? Respond with close reference to the play.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character of Salieri and compare and contrast him with Mozart. You might want to consider the morals and motivation of each man.

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