Amadeus Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How old was Mozart when the Emperor last met him?

2. How does Salieri feel after examining Mozart's manuscripts?

3. How does Salieri get his hands on some of Mozart's manuscripts?

4. What does the Emperor say would be fun?

5. How does Salieri describe Mozart at the end of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is the 'calf-measuring scene' ironic?

2. How does Salieri's power over Mozart intensify?

3. In what way is the dying Mozart presented to us as a Christ-like martyr?

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

5. In what way does Salieri use the information from the Venticelli to take further action against Mozart?

6. Why do reports about Mozart unsettle Salieri?

7. In what way is Mozart's tendency to plain speaking working against him, according to the Venticelli?

8. How is the Emperor a danger to Salieri's plan to destroy Mozart?

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

10. What information does the Venticelli convey to Salieri?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

'A study of evil, tempered by humor.' Is this a view of Amadeus that you agree with? Discus with close reference to the text.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is Amadeus a struggle between the forces of innovation and the power of convention? Make close reference to the text.

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