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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. When was "Experimental Music" first printed?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1947.
(c) 1958.
(d) 1961.

2. What composer wrote "The Art of the Fugue"?
(a) Johann Sebastian Bach.
(b) Nikolai Medtner.
(c) Ottorino Respighi.
(d) Karlheinz Stockhausen.

3. Into what language was "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" translated?
(a) German.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Italian.
(d) Latin.

4. What college was Cage attending when he took a course where he wrote in the manner of Gertrude Stein?
(a) Pomona College.
(b) Palo Alto College.
(c) Black Lake College.
(d) California State University.

5. In the "Strategy" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term does Cage say "may be controlled or not, as one chooses"?
(a) Structure.
(b) Material.
(c) Form.
(d) Method.

Short Answer Questions

1. One of the questions Cage asked in "Composition as Process--3" was if anyone had seen this man lately?

2. In what publication did Cage's essay on Erik Satie first appear?

3. According to Cage, "Forerunners of Modern Music" was translated into what other language?

4. In the "Definitions" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term is "content, the continuity"?

5. What would Cage rather do than write about Erik Satie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cage say about being associated with Dadaism and Zen in his Foreword?

2. What happened to Cage when he and Xenia went to New York, expecting to stay with a friend named Max?

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

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

5. Describe what Cage said about the French and the Italians in a conversation he recalls having at a Venetian restaurant.

6. How does Cage feel about writing his article about Erik Satie, as portrayed in the article?

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

8. Describe the anecdote used at the conclusion of "Composition as Process--2: Indeterminacy" about Dr. Suzuki.

9. How does Cage feel about poetry, according to what he says in his Foreword?

10. How does Cage think most people feel about experimentation?

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