Multiple Choice Answers

1. The smallest distance between two adjacent notes on a piano is a
A. whole note.
B. quarter note.
C. half step.
D. whole step.
2. Which of the following composers sought to obtain a nonpercussive sound from the piano in his
A. Glass
B. Debussy
C. Ives
D. Ellington
3. Modernism, a movement that represented an abolishment of tradition and a quest for novelty, took place when?

A. Middle nineteenth century B. Classical period
C. Early twenty-first century D. Early twentieth century
4. In The Unanswered Question, the strings are played

A. in constant competition with the brass.
B. in unresolved dissonance.
C. fast and loud for shock value.
D. as if they’re playing a slow hymn.
5. _______ notes are produced by lowering the third, fifth, or seventh steps of major scales.
A. Falsetto
B. Minor
C. Low
D. Blue

6. Expressionist music is generally thought of as
A. extravagant.
B. bouncy.
C. probing.
D. happy.
7. Schoenberg’s 12-tone composition is based on a/an _______ scale.
A. pentatonic
B. chromatic
C. major
D. minor
8. Jody says that atonal harmony establishes a harmonic center of gravity. Sean says that atonal harmony doesn’t have a harmonic center of gravity. Who is correct?
A. Only Jody is correct.
B. Neither Jody nor Sean is correct.
C. Both Jody and Sean are correct.
D. Only Sean is correct.
9. The most common pattern of verses in blues songs is the _______ pattern.

A. 6-bar
B. 8-note
C. 12-bar
D. 28-note
10. A _______ scale is based on five notes.

A. pentatonic
B. polytonic
C. ostinato
D. octaval
11. You’ll find the “circle-of-fifths” chord progression used in which of the following types of music?

A. Baroque
B. Big band jazz
C. Classical
D. Rock
12. Standard Song Form for popular hits of the 1920s and 1930s was
13. Debussy’s Voiles was inspired by a Javanese ensemble known as a
A. wave.
B. quartet.
C. gong.
D. gamelan.
14. Music that doesn’t center on a particular key is referred to as
A. untoned.
B. intoned.
C. nontonal.
D. atonal.
15. Constantly repeated musical patterns with many abrupt changes in length and tempos are known as
A. ostinatos.
B. voiles.
C. gongs.
D. kebyars.
16. The Rite of Spring was composed by
A. Heitor Villa-Lobos.
B. Igor Stravinsky.
C. Arnold Schoenberg.
D. Alban Berg.
17. _______ is a singing technique that’s part speech and part song.
A. Sprechstimme
B. Klangfarben
C. Erlkönig
D. Walkurie
18. The _______ were interested in the hypnotic quality of the repeated melodic fragments and interlocked
patterns created by the gamelan.
A. neo-classicists
B. expressionists
C. minimalists
D. impressionists
19. _______ used themes from popular songs and hymns in his orchestral works.
A. Igor Stravinsky
B. Duke Ellington
C. Charles Ives
D. Scott Joplin
20. Roland says that Ruth Crawford Seeger was a modernist composer. Clive says that she was a collector and arranger of American folksongs. Who is correct?
A. Neither Roland nor Clive is correct. B. Only Roland is correct.
C. Both Roland and Clive are correct. D. Only Clive is correct.