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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the "Definitions" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term is "sound and silence"?
(a) Material.
(b) Form.
(c) Structure.
(d) Method.

2. Who asked Cage why he did not give a conventional and informative lecture?
(a) Joanna Baillie.
(b) M. C. Richards.
(c) Pam Ayres.
(d) Elisaveta Bagryana.

3. Who said, "John, I dearly love you, but I can't bear another minute"?
(a) Louise Bourgeois.
(b) Romaine Brooks..
(c) Jeanne Reynal.
(d) Lee Bontecou.

4. According to Cage's essay on him, Erik Satie said who was not clumsy in his publicity?
(a) Mozart.
(b) Cage.
(c) Bach.
(d) Beethoven.

5. Who translated "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" into another language?
(a) Earle Brown.
(b) Christian Wolff.
(c) Morton Feldman.
(d) David Tudor.

6. In the "Definitions" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term is "content, the continuity"?
(a) Material.
(b) Method.
(c) Form.
(d) Structure.

7. Cage had a method for bringing about unpredictability where he tossed how many coins?
(a) Three coins.
(b) Two coins.
(c) Six coins.
(d) Four coins.

8. In the "Strategy" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term does Cage say "is properly mind-controlled"?
(a) Form.
(b) Material.
(c) Method.
(d) Structure.

9. In what year were all three parts of "Composition as Process" given?
(a) 1939.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1958.

10. What female author did Cage ask Dr. Suzuki about at dinner?
(a) Gertrude Stein.
(b) Charlotte Brontë.
(c) Louisa May Alcott.
(d) George Eliot.

11. Who is the author of "Essay on Rime"?
(a) Jesse Simpson.
(b) Karl Shapiro.
(c) Samuel Gallina.
(d) Andrea Del Gato.

12. The essay "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music of Changes' and 'Imaginary Landscape No. 4'" was originally published in as part of what publication?
(a) Four Musicians at Work.
(b) Three Musicians at Work.
(c) Nine Musicians at Work.
(d) Six Musicians at Work.

13. What did Cage question about Erik Satie?
(a) Who should take credit for his work.
(b) His death.
(c) If they ever met.
(d) His relevance.

14. What was the occupation of the person Cage thanks at the end of his foreword?
(a) Professor of music.
(b) Bank teller.
(c) Sound mixer.
(d) Radio disc jockey.

15. All three parts of "Composition as Process" were given in what country?
(a) Austria.
(b) England.
(c) Germany.
(d) France.

Short Answer Questions

1. What composer wrote "Duo II for Pianists"?

2. Who wrote "Quantitaten"?

3. In what year was "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" first published?

4. According to Cage, it would be act of charity for people to do what when they come across Erik Satie's records?

5. What grade was Cage in when his dad mentioned a trip to another country, which never happened?

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