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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Cage and his wife moved to New York from where?
(a) Chicago.
(b) Boston.
(c) New Orleans.
(d) Richmond.

2. What grade was Cage in when his dad mentioned a trip to another country, which never happened?
(a) 4th.
(b) 3rd.
(c) 5th.
(d) 6th.

3. What is different about the type Cage uses for "Composition as Process--2: Indeterminacy"?
(a) The font changes half way through.
(b) No punctuation is used.
(c) It is large.
(d) It is small.

4. "Edgard Varese" was first published in what publication?
(a) Critical Musicology Journal.
(b) Muzica Moderna.
(c) Nutida Musik.
(d) Musical Traditions.

5. What composer wrote "Klavierst├╝cke XI"?
(a) Manuel de Falla.
(b) Karlheinz Stockhausen.
(c) Nikolai Medtner.
(d) Ottorino Respighi.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long had Erik Satie been dead when Cage wrote an essay about him?

2. What was the occupation of the person Cage thanks at the end of his foreword?

3. Who translated "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" into another language?

4. "Imaginary Landscape No. 4" was written for how many radios?

5. Cage had a method for bringing about unpredictability where he tossed coins how many times?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the section in "Composition as Process--III: Communication" where the author answers questions with more questions?

2. How does Cage go about exploring the work of each composer he mentions in "Composition as Process--2: Indeterminacy"?

3. How does Cage describe the process by which he created a piece of music scored for twelve radios?

4. What advancements in music does Cage attribute to Henry Cowell?

5. What does Cage say about Erik Satie's relevance?

6. What does Cage say about Varese in relation to the present nature of music?

7. How does Cage describe the creation of "Music for Piano"?

8. How has Cage's process of composition evolved?

9. What does Cage believe the future holds for sounds that are heard on a regular basis?

10. Why does the author say he is grateful to Richard K. Winslow?

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