Amadeus Test | Final 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. Who is the Guilty Libertine Salieri refers to?

2. Which character has been deeply upset by Mozart's desperate behavior?

3. How does Mozart view Salieri at this point?

4. What has happened to Leopold Mozart's letters?

5. According to the Venticelli, how many pupils does Mozart have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the significance of Salieri's words: " alone was empowered to recognize them for what they were'?

5. Comment on Salieri's actions as Mozart's illness and obsession overtake him.

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

7. What information does the Venticelli convey to Salieri?

8. Comment on the philosophical contrast between Mozart and Van Swieten and Von Strack.

9. What significant observations about art does Salieri make?

10. How does Salieri change focus in his struggle against God and His instrument, Mozart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

'Salieri's 'virtue' is mere behavior: it is not a movement of the soul towards God, and is easily discarded.' Is this an accurate appraisal? Discuss Salieri's relationship with God, as depicted in the play.

Essay Topic 2

'Conflict is the essence of drama' and this play is packed with conflict. Examine TWO strands of conflict within Amadeus and relate these to one or more of the play's themes.

Essay Topic 3

'The real tragedy is Salieri's. He kills nothing but his own soul.' Do you agree?

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