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Final exam extra credit questions

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Who says final exams have to be boring?

The following are extra credit questions on the final exam of my Film Class, Humanities 153:

1.)   Which of the following can be an Explicit meaning of the film Amadeus:

a.)   If you’re going to compose music, you should make it accessible and simple so that all people could understand it in all cultures and time periods. This is especially true if you’re elitist.

b.)   A composer dreams of becoming as great as an adversary he admires. When he cannot, he murders him, and is doomed forever to realize his mediocrity.

c.)   A composer tries to commit suicide. When he fails, he has to talk to a priest and feel shame.

d.)   Salieri is not as great as Mozart and will never be as great as Mozart. This is especially true in places that play Mozart’s music, like Macy’s during Christmas.

e.)   Why should we listen to Mozart when there’s way better stuff available these days like Falco? Falco’s death was a tragedy.

2.)   Which of the following can be a Referential meaning of Amadeus?

a.)   God, an often misunderstood figure, believes that torturing a talented mind is justified in the face of pre-Napoleonic political turmoil in central Europe.

b.)   God is cruel because he allows certain types of men to have power over others.

c.)   In a society where value and beauty are determined by a Monarch, a community of artists seems to be the last refuge for personal worth, except when one of them kills you out of jealousy.

d.)   In pre-Napoleonic central Europe, a crazed composer takes pride in his murder, in grand defiance of God, of a contemporary.

e.)   None of the above

3.)   Which of the following can be an idea about the subject of war in Casablanca?

a.)   Those who fornicate before marriage will invariably be damned and forced to retreat to places such as Morocco where abject madness replaces morality.

b.)   Michael Curtis believes that it’s better to escape from war than it is to shoot a Nazi.

c.)   We should all be French Nationalists.

d.)   The police have always had their way, especially during wartime, unless Humphrey has his say.

e.)   None of the above

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