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Exam: 007500RR – THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE
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1. A single, long note held underneath a melodic line is known as a
A. drone bass.
B. plainchant.
C. homophonic line.
D. phrase.
2. An example of a percussion instrument is the
A. lute.
B. violin.
C. drum.
D. shawm.
3. What invention during the Renaissance period enabled people to purchase music for their own personal
use?
A. Printing press
B. Instruments for trained transcription workers
C. Electronic recording devices
D. Faster delivery service
4. Until the sixteenth century, music was written primarily
A. for dance.
B. in the minor mode.
C. for just one voice.
D. in the major mode.
5. When a composer sets a single syllable of a word to several notes of music, he or she is using _______
style.
A. melismatic
B. plainchant
C. cadence
D. syllabic
6. Accented notes that run against the regular pulse of the musical meter are referred to as
A. iambic.
B. duple meter.
C. anapestic.
D. syncopated.
7. Native American chant incorporates meaningless sung syllables that serve as a form of melodic
instrument called
A. vocables.
B. pulse.
C. duple meter.
D. drone bass.
8. In _______ texture, every line is, in effect, a melody.
A. polyphonic
B. homophonic
C. harmonic
D. monophonic
9. The highest range of notes is sung by the
A. alto.
B. tenor.
C. soprano.
D. bass.
10. The basic framework for ordering music through time is the
A. syllable.
B. meter.
C. value.
D. phrase.
11. Roy will play a melody in triple meter and place the pulse of the meter on the first beat. Chuck will play
the triple meter melody and place the pulse of the meter on the third beat. Who is playing the melody with
the correct pulse?
A. Roy
B. Chuck
C. Both are playing the melody correctly.
D. Neither is playing the melody correctly.
12. A series of notes that moves stepwise and covers a complete span is called a/an
A. interval.
B. melody.
C. octave.
D. whole step.
13. Von Bingen’s Play of Virtues is set to which of the following types of music?
A. Liturgical plainchant
B. Orchestral
C. Madrigal
D. Harmonic
14. In musical language, mezzo forte (mf) signals that the music’s volume should be
A. medium soft.
B. very loud.
C. soft.
D. medium loud.
15. Landini’s tendency to intersperse occasional melismas in text that was generally syllabic in nature
helped to ensure that the music
A. was easily understood by the listener.
B. had enjoyable rhythm.
C. wasn’t monotonous.
D. conveyed happiness.
16. Renaissance composers used which of the following to create polyphonic textures?
A. Word-painting
B. Elision
C. Counterpoint
D. Ternary forms
17. The volume of sound is known as
A. frequency.
B. dynamics.
C. amplitude.
D. pitch.
18. In plainchant, a sentence of text almost always ends with
A. the note D.
B. disjunct motion.
C. cadence.
D. a minor chord.
19. A measured performance that adheres consistently to the duple meter would be read as
A. 1-2-3-4.
B. 1-2-3-4.
C. 1-2-3-4.
D. 1-2-3.
20. Harmony is used to support the melody by using
A. monophonic chant.
B. meter.
C. chords.
D. tonic.

Exam: 007501RR – THE BAROQUE ERA
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1. What is the difference between an oratorio and an opera?
A. The opera is based on a sacred topic and an oratorio isn’t.
B. An oratorio doesn’t include an aria and an opera does.
C. An opera is staged and an oratorio isn’t.
D. An oratorio doesn’t include recitatives.
2. The rigaudon is a fast, often cheerful dance in _______ meter.
A. single
B. triple
C. duple
D. ternary
3. The form of the melody called the bar form is represented by
A. ABA.
B. ABBA.
C. AAB.
D. ABB.
4. Handel’s first operatic hit, which premiered in London in 1711, was
A. Saul.
B. Rinaldo.
C. Four Seasons.
D. Giulio Cesare.
5. The _______ is a musical form that utilizes multiple soloists.
A. chorale prelude
B. Gothic motet
C. concerto grosso
D. sarabande
6. All of the following instruments would be likely to play the basso continuo in a Baroque musical piece
except the
A. violin.
B. harpsichord.
C. lute.
D. cello.
7. The last movement of Bach’s Cantata no. 140 is what texture?
A. Atonal
B. A ritornello
C. Homophonic
D. Polyphonic
8. An instruments-only piece played at the opening of an opera is known as a/an
A. aria.
B. overture.
C. prima prattica.
D. procession.
9. The main theme of a fugue is called the
A. episode.
B. melody.
C. exposition.
D. subject.
10. The first opera to win widespread acclaim was
A. Handel’s Rinaldo.
B. Monteverdi’s Orpheus.
C. Handel’s Messiah.
D. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
11. Another word for “round” is
A. gigue.
B. rhapsody.
C. canon.
D. sarabande.
12. A da capo aria opens with two contrasting sections, A and B. What will the singer do after singing the
B section?
A. Repeat the B section
B. End the aria
C. Go to the C section
D. Sing the A section again
13. Which of the following is the type of polyphony used in a fugue?
A. Imitative counterpoint
B. Episodic
C. Fugal exposition
D. Middle entry
14. Instrumental work written for a soloist and a larger ensemble is called a
A. fugue.
B. cantata.
C. concerto.
D. prelude.
15. The most popular oratorio is
A. Aeneas.
B. Messiah.
C. Orpheus.
D. Der Messias.
16. The Baroque period began around the year
A. 1050.
B. 1750.
C. 1500.
D. 1600.
17. A _______ performance usually requires the musicians to embellish the part written for them.
A. virtuoso
B. canzona
C. passacaglia
D. transcripted
18. A style of vocal music that’s a cross between singing and speaking is commonly referred to as
A. pavane.
B. polychoral.
C. recitative.
D. gigue.
19. When instruments double the voices by playing the same notes sung by a chorus, the music is
considered to have
A. contrasting timbre.
B. syncopation.
C. unified timbre.
D. paired movement.

20. A lyrical movement or piece for solo voice with instrumental accompaniment is called a/an
A. ostinato.
B. aria.
C. chorus.
D. operetta.

Exam: 007502RR – THE CLASSICAL ERA
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1. The Japanese koto is what type of instrument?
A. String
B. Percussion
C. Wind
D. Brass
2. In an opera, the standard accompaniment for a recitative is
A. a function of the string quartet.
B. played by the orchestra.
C. sung by a soprano.
D. the basso continuo alone.
3. Which of the following is a long work for orchestra, usually made up of four movements?
A. Sonata
B. Symphony
C. Opera
D. Concerto
4. The dialogue in an opera is translated for the audience in the
A. libretto.
B. paggio.
C. perdonate.
D. score.
5. When the Italian words da capo appear at the end of a measure, the musician is being instructed to
A. play the refrain.
B. hold the notes for an extra three beats.
C. play the next part of the music quietly.
D. play the main part of the musical piece over again.
6. A courtly dance in triple meter, with the accent on the first beat of each measure, was the
A. minuet.
B. rondo.
C. bouree.
D. gavotte.
7. Which one of the following patterns represents the rondo form?
A. A B A C A
B. A A B B C
C. D C B A
D. A B C D
8. Which of the following is the highest voice in a string quartet?
A. Violin 1
B. Viola
C. Violin 2
D. Cello
9. Which mid-eighteenth century composer is credited with having the greatest impact on the significance
of the string quartet?
A. Haydn
B. Mozart
C. Chopin
D. Beethoven
10. Which of the following does opera buffa portray?
A. Historical characters and situations
B. Real-life characters and situations
C. Religious characters and stories
D. Mythological characters and stories
11. Singing the alphabet song to the tune of Mozart’s “Ah, vous dirai-je, maman” is an example of
A. musical duplication.
B. musical appropriation.
C. plagiarism.
D. thematic variation.
12. The double exposition concerto form differs from the standard sonata form in that
A. it has a cadenza.
B. it includes a single exposition.
C. the exposition stays in the same key.
D. it’s played by two pianos.
13. In a sonata form selection, the theme is presented in the
A. recapitulation.
B. harmony.
C. development.
D. tonic or home key.
14. The last “act” of a sonata is known as the
A. recapitulation.
B. cadenza.
C. secondary key area.
D. rondo.
15. The _______ is an essential characteristic of the sonata form.
A. sudden crescendo
B. absence of harmony
C. development of themes
D. fluctuation of rhythm
16. In a string quartet, the bass instrument is the
A. cello.
B. drum.
C. bass guitar.
D. viola.
17. A soloist can display his virtuosity to the fullest during the
A. cadenza.
B. capo.
C. cadence.
D. concerto.
18. Opera _______ is a light, frequently comic style of opera.
A. buffa
B. seria
C. hysteria
D. canonica
19. Which one of the following pieces of music would you most expect to be played by a full orchestra?
A. Symphony
B. Concerto
C. Chamber music
D. Minuet
20. The second section of a sonata is commonly called the
A. coda.
B. codetta.
C. development.
D. recapitulation.

Exam: 007503RR – THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, PART 1
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1. Berlioz insisted that a _______ be distributed to his audiences to provide an overview of the dramatic
structure of his work.
A. transcript
B. program
C. musical score
D. libretto
2. Which of the following works helped to redefine the symphony as a genre?
A. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony
B. Symphonie fantastique
C. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
D. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
3. In his Fifth Symphony, Beethoven
A. utilizes the percussion section in a whole new way.
B. introduces the short-LONG-short-LONG rhythm.
C. limits the harmony of the string section.
D. contrasts the wind instruments with the string instruments.
4. The composer utilized the minor mode in Symphonie fantastique to represent
A. joy and love.
B. gloom and ferocity.
C. solemnity and brilliance.
D. earthiness.
5. Franz Schubert was known for having written
A. 100 violin concertos.
B. four operas.
C. 144 lieder.
D. 11 symphonies.
6. When the individual movements of a work are linked using a common musical idea, the work as a whole
is commonly described as
A. nationalistic.
B. cyclic.
C. polyphonic.
D. harmonic.
7. In the overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the kingdom of the fairies, led by Oberon and Titania,
is represented by the
A. piccolo.
B. flute.
C. strings.
D. triangle.
8. Clara Wieck Schumann’s “Forward!” was written for a/an
A. a capella chorus.
B. brass band.
C. madrigal choir.
D. full orchestra.
9. A poem that tells a story is called a
A. limerick.
B. chorale.
C. ballad.
D. stanza.
10. In 2001, the President of Turkmenistan banned
A. jazz.
B. rock music.
C. all music.
D. ballet and opera.
11. Which of the following was not one of the obstacles Fanny Hensel had to overcome as a composer?
A. Agoraphobia kept her from traveling and performing.
B. Her brother was a famous composer and performer.
C. Her father discouraged her from pursuing music as a vocation.
D. Social attitudes prevented women from undertaking careers in music.
12. The oratorio Elijah was written by the nineteenth century composer
A. Felix Mendelssohn.
B. Robert Schumann.
C. Franz Schubert.
D. Frédéric Chopin.
13. _______ was called the “Valkyrie of the Piano.”
A. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
B. Clara Wieck Schumann
C. Teresa Carreno
D. Robert Schumann
14. Prolonged exposure to volume greater than _______ decibels is considered dangerous.
A. 70
B. 50
C. 80
D. 40
15. _______ music is generally associated with nonmusical ideas and objects.
A. Literary
B. Character
C. Recital
D. Program
16. The piano became a popular instrument for middle-class families when
A. Dvořák composed The American.
B. the Civil War ended.
C. mass production became possible.
D. the Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
17. Which composer called himself a tone poet—a poet who creates with music rather than words?
A. Beethoven
B. Schubert
C. Chopin
D. Schumann
18. The overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a one-movement work
A. in sonata form.
B. famous for the interplay of piano, violin, and cello.
C. that presents the same basic musical idea in each strophe of the text.
D. known for the massive sound of the orchestra.
19. The rhythm of the opening statement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is
A. s-L-s-s.
B. s-s-s-L.
C. s-L-s-L.
D. L-s-s-s.
20. A piano trio is made up of
A. three pianos.
B. a piano, organ, and pianoforte.
C. a piano, violin, and cello.
D. a piano, violin, and viola.